Black Progressive Metal from Hands of Despair

Hands of Despair

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Hands of despair started in 2009 as a solo project by Maxime Côté. From 2009 to 2010, Hands Of Despair produced two demos that forged Maxime’s background in music composition, songwriting and production and ultimately set foot to the intense and brutal first album Hereafter.

Hereafter marks the departure of Hands Of Despair from a solo act to a full band. For the first time Maxime surrounded himself with renowned musicians, including Lyle Cooper (ex-The Faceless) on drums, and Egan O’Rourke (Daylight Dies) on clean vocals, to achieve an album that mixes the brutality of death metal, complex structures of progressive metal, darkness of black metal and despair of doom metal. From the first song to the last Hereafter is an epic journey that every Death Metal fans should experience.

The project went on a hiatus in 2012, before coming back stronger than ever with a new line-up during the summer of 2014. The actual line-up features well respected and established members from Quebec’s metal scene, including Jeff Mott (Hollow), and Etienne Gallo (Augury / Talamyus).

For the band, most parts of 2014 – 2015 consisted of rehearsing 7 new songs that Maxime had previously written, with every member adding his own personal touch. HOD entered the studio during May 2015, to record their new album, entitled “Beref”, with Maxime handling all studio duties.

“Bereft” is set to be released on February 9, 2016 via Deathbound Records. The album is more than an hour long, and features 7 long, epic and melancholic songs.

For fans of Agalloch, Enslaved, Opeth, Drudkh, Alcest, etc…

Members

Maxime Côté
Guitars
 
Jeff Mott
Vocals
 
Étienne Gallo
Drums
 
 
François-Xavier Jodoin
Bass
 
Alexandre Primeau
Guitars
 
 
 
 
 

Past Members

Lyle Cooper
(Ex-The Faceless)
Drums
 
Egan O’Rourke
(Daylight Dies)
Clean Vocals 
David-Alexandre Brousseau
Vocals / Bass
 
David Cloutier
Rythm Guitars
 
 
 
 

Releases

Bereft by Hands of Despair, Black Metal to be released on January 9th, 2016.
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Bereft by Hands of Despair, Black Metal to be released on January 9th, 2016.
  1. Reborn // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  2. Bereft // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  3. Sleeper // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  4. Veil // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  5. Remnants // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  6. Étoc // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  7. Void // Hands of Despair - Bereft
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  1. The Departure // Hands of Despair - Hereafter
  2. Shattered Memories // Hands of Despair - Hereafter
  3. Them // Hands of Despair - Hereafter
  4. Underworld // Hands of Despair - Hereafter
  5. Creator // Hands of Despair - Hereafter
  6. The Road // Hands of Despair - Hereafter

Latest News

Hands Of Despair nous livre là une offrande absolument magistrale de maîtrise. […] Chaque titre offre une ambiance différente, ce qui donne une seule envie à la fin de l’écoute: y retourner.

Christophe Szpajdel – Shoot Me Again

Bereft est un album d’exception et Hands Of Despair n’a rien à envier aux grands groupes de death/black/doom metal européens.

Maxime Pagé – Camuz.ca

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  1. Nine Nights (Odin’s Sacrifice) // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  2. Rabid Decomposer // Savagist - Invisible Birth of Death
  3. Bring the Weak to Their Knees // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  4. Loki’s Punishment // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  5. Black and Endless // Savagist - Invisible Birth of Death
  6. Abode of Myst (Instrumental) // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  7. Victory or Valhalla // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  8. I Bow to No Man // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  9. Fangs That Drip Venom // Savagist - Invisible Birth of Death
  10. Removes Brain For Tanning // Savagist - Invisible Birth of Death
  11. Reborn // Hands of Despair - Bereft
  12. Hall of the Bravest Souls // Talamyus - Honour Is Our Code, Death Is the Reward
  13. Invisible Birth of Death // Savagist - Invisible Birth of Death