Burning with an inextinguishable fire and displaying attitude in spades, Hands of Attrition are a collective force to be reckoned with. Formed in 2018 in Birmingham (UK), the five-piece have steadily built their own sonic identity by melding their groove metal and metalcore influences from Lamb of God to Devildriver and Pantera, injecting a substantial dose of emotion and technique to form a boiling, ear-shattering and unstoppable metal whirlwind.
With eleven tracks that deal with mental health and the impact of self-doubt, depression, addiction and tragedy in one’s existence, their debut album Colder Places also invokes resilience and catharsis, delivering a forceful metal experience enhanced by Tom Alexander-Scott’s impressive vocal performance. Colder Places was mixed and mastered by Justin Paul Hill. The album artwork was designed by Arabella Eugenie de Cadenet.
You can stream the entirety of our premiere of Colder Places below:
On the band’s new album, its themes, and what it means to them, Hands of Attrition provided us with the following statement:
“Our debut album Colder Places is a collaboration of powerful riffs and raw emotion; as friends foremost, we get together and make music that means something to us. Our influences stem from groove metal as well as fast-paced, emotive music which has helped us define our sound to what it is today. We are proud to be releasing an album that highlights our values as a band.
One of the themes for our album is the importance of men’s mental health. Collectively we, like many, have experienced first hand the impact self-doubt, depression, addiction and tragedy can have on mental wellbeing. Every song on the album tells a story and we hope that the same strength can be drawn from our music as we have gained producing it. We have worked closely throughout the album with our mix and master engineer, Justin Paul Hill to reach our desired final sound. Without his industry knowledge we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Photo courtesy of Hands of Attrition.