"The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote" (Southern Lord; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Hidden Hand once again lay down Southern fried concrete slabs of stoner rock fury on their third offering, "The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote." 

This 10-track affair finds Wino and company turning up and letting loose with a 70s rock shuffle and a bountiful barrage of bong-loaded riffs on cuts such as "Majestic Presence" and "Lightning Hill." Capturing an aged feel without sounding dated, the bluesy swagger and hard rock durability found on "Purple Neon Dream" lasts the entire length of the album, truly giving the listener a pleasurable experience where doom metal's haunt and classic rock's timeless sensibilities collide. 

Comprising an album laden with a gargantuan sound and an unsurpassed heaviness that few bands can match, The Hidden Hand's latest further etches Wino's place amongst rock's elite while also establishing the Maryland trio as a top tier act.

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"Divine Propaganda" (Meteor City; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Hidden Hand is a stoner rock trio who boast the mighty Wino on guitar. Enough said? Should be, as Wino's gifted guitar work guides The Hidden Hand through ten tracks of simple, sturdy stoner rock songs that plod like drug-laden Sabbath, groove like a slowed down Kyuss, and rock like nothing else Wino has ever done. 

Check out the earth-shaking groove on "Tranquility Base" or the massive guitar tone of "Sunblood" for further evidence that, if there were a Mount Rushmore of American rock, Wino's likeness would be quite prominent on the landmark. 

A must for all fans of the unfairly maligned "stoner rock."

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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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