"Design the End / Follow the Horizon" (Lifeforce; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Hand To Hand are the fingers on the edge of the ledge for the Emo / Screamo / Reamo / Whateverthehello genre.

Delivering a surprisingly listenable ten-track collection, "Design the End / Follow the Horizon" often surprises with its killer guitar riffs, its decidedly hardcore vocals and its surprise twists and turns (you won't see track number 7, "Passing Through," coming). It's still undeniably another emo album, but there are many bits and pieces here that climb up out of the clichés and tap you none-too-gently on the shoulder, shouting "Hey, this is different!"

Just when you thought emo and all of its many sub-genres were gasping their last breath, along comes the life-giving energy of Hand to Hand's "Design the End / Follow the Horizon." After giving this CD a listen, you just might find yourself thinking there's still something there after all.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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