Left Hand Wrath is the debut demo from Stoke-on-Trent’s Hand Of Omega and this sludge doom quartet are looking like devastation is their forte with a twelve minute bludgeoning on the cards. Featuring members of Space Witch and Krupskaya, this two track introduction to the band was also recorded, mixed and mastered by guitarist Darren Rowlands.
The sickening guitar tone that rises from Amazon Burning is met by the equally disease ridden vocal snarl, drowning within a suffocating murk. It’s a pretty heavy place to start, and it only continues down this path of nihilistic dread. There are moments of utter Lovecraftian insanity, when the pace rises and the song flails like an unknown beast.
Left Hand Wrath is a brutal reminder of how lo-fi, sanity cracking sludge can feel like the end of the world…
The second part of this miasma, Convolution, has absorbed much of the same bile that infested the opener, and sounds like if EyeHateGod released a bedroom black metal demo. Except with way more low end. The bass crunch on these tracks is thunderous, and unlike a lot of sludge there is no bluesy groove saturated in here, just pure straightforward violence.
Left Hand Wrath is a brutal reminder of how lo-fi, sanity cracking sludge can feel like the end of the world, and why that self-destruction is so addictive. Hand Of Omega are here to be feared, and there will be few survivors.
Scribed by: Sandy Williamson