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info opinion

The Hidden Hand

"Divine Propaganda" CD

MeteorCity Records

Genres: stoner rock, doom rock, metal

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque NM

Dec 22 - 28 2003

Whoosh.  Divine Propaganda is heavy, heavy album.  With stoner rock legend Scott 'Wino' Weinrich at the helm, it's no wonder The Hidden Hand kicks so much ass.  Him, along with supporting members Dave Hennessy and Bruce Falkinburg, have created a suffocating, intense album that combines hard rock song structure with punk-influenced political commentary.

Environmentally-charged "Damyata" and media-conscious "Tranquility Base" are perfect samples of the band's sound.  The lyrics deal with social issues, while the music focuses on the rock.  The latter, "Tranquility Base," is one of the best.  Combining Sabbath-calibre riffs and thought-provoking albeit relatively cliché lyrics ("Look at the moon and don't forget/Outer space or a movie set?/Must be real if it's on TV"), the track is an absolutely smothering affair that attacks the listener's ears.

Other highlights include "The Hidden Hand [theme]" and explosive rocker "For All The Wrong Reasons."  These tracks meld doom rock mayhem with pure melody.  Each one is like a whack on the head.  With a brick.  That's on fire.

All in all, this is an excellent stoner rock album that should be enjoyed by any serious hard rock fan.  Divine Propaganda is one of the finest doom rock artifacts 2003 has produced. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]