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NO LONGER WILL I KEEP MY THOUGHTS ABOUT CRUEL HAND UNDER LOCK & KEY

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NO LONGER WILL I KEEP MY THOUGHTS ABOUT CRUEL HAND UNDER LOCK & KEYThanks mainly to their inclusion on a number of live hardcore shows I’ve been excited about, Cruel Hand are a band that I catch myself mentioning in this column without actually talking about them. That ends now, because after seeing their aggressive, brisk live performance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival I’m officially a fan. How could I not be? Their undeniably Madball-influenced metallic hardcore sound is just the kind of heavy shit I’m loving lately. Even if you’re the type of metalhead that’s apprehensive towards hardcore due to “Hatebreed fatigue,” rest assured that Cruel Hand have a distinct sound.

Their label, Bridge Nine, just announced that Lock & Key, the follow-up to 2008’s Prying Eyes, will drop July 27th. In the lead up to that, Cruel Hand have a number of shows lined up, including an appearance at the hardcore event of the year: the 2010 Black N Blue Bowl. After that, the band head over to Japan for a series of dates with Bane and labelmates Ceremony (who premiered their stunning new song “Sick” last week at the Bridge Nine MySpace page). Later this summer, Cruel Hand will support Lock & Key on a European excursion with The Carrier and Miles Away. All dates below.

May 15 2010 Webster Hall – Black N Blue Bowl New York City, New York , US
May 26 2010 King Cobra w/ Bane, Ceremony Osaka, Japan, JP
May 27 2010 Zion w/ Bane, Ceremony Nagoya, Japan, JP
May 28 2010 Warp w/ Bane, Ceremony Tokyo Kichijoji, Japan, JP
May 29 2010 Drunkards Stadium w/ Bane, Ceremony Chiba MInamikashiwa, Japan, JP
May 30 2010 ACB w/ Bane, Ceremony Tokyo Shinjuku, Japan, JP
Jun 11 2010 Ethical Humanist Society – Long Island Fest Garden City, New York , US
Jun 12 2010 St Mikes Park – Tsunami Fest Monte Clare, Pennsylvan, US
Jul 23 2010 JH Sojo w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Leuven, Belgium, BE
Jul 24 2010 Hot Hagenbusch w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Marl, Germany, DE
Jul 25 2010 FLUFF FEST w/ The Carrier, Miles Away and more Rockycnay, Czech Republic, CZ
Jul 26 2010 Shelter w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Wien, Austria, AT
Jul 27 2010 Durer Kert w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Budapest, Hungary, HU
Jul 28 2010 E-20 Underground w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Monteccchio Maggiore (VI), Italy, IT
Jul 29 2010 Feierwerk w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Munchen, Germany, DE
Jul 31 2010 Anti Fest w/ The Carrier, Miles Away and more Stockholm, Sweden, US
Aug 1 2010 Hafenklang w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Hamburg, Germany, DE
Aug 3 2010 Desi w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Nurmberg, Germany, DE
Aug 6 2010 Sucks n Summer Fest w/ The Carrier, Miles Away and more Leisnig, Germany, DE
Aug 7 2010 Hardcore Fest w/ The Carrier, Miles Away and more Fredericia, Denmark, DK
Aug 8 2010 Ex-Haus w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Trier, Germany, DE
Aug 9 2010 Eddies Rock Club w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Birmingham, England, GB
Aug 10 2010 Moho Live w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Manchester, England, GB
Aug 11 2010 Capitol w/ The Carrier, Miles Away Glasgow, Scotland, GB
Aug 12 2010 Purple Turtle w/ The Carrier, Miles Away London, England, GB
Aug 13 2010 Leper Fest w/ The Carrier, Miles Away and more Ieper, Belgium, BE

-GS

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