NewsMay 3, 2010 11:17 PM ET4,634 views

Cruel Hand full-length set for release

Official press release: Poised to be one of the hardest records of 2010, Lock & Key is Cruel Hand's third full-length (second album for Bridge Nine Records) and will be available on July 27th, 2010. Full of just as many catchy, metallic riffs as mosh parts, Lock & Key is a nice mix of Madball, Leeway, Cro-Mags, Metallica, Suicidal, Obituary, etc., and is one of the most well-rounded hardcore albums in recent memory. Lock and Key was recorded last month in Wakefield, MA with producer Jay Maas (Verse, Bane, Defeater) and illustrates what Cruel Hand is capable of, both lyrically and musically. Vocalist Chris Linkovich said: "Lock & Key is definitely not a 'Prying Eyes Part 2'. It's not just a progression either, we feel like this is our defining release. We weren't scared to bring all of our influences to the table, no matter what the genre of music. We spent a lot more time with guitar sounds, a lot of layering and melody and other second guitar work. As far as lyrics, I reached my goal of working with a lot of different subject matters and also using a little bit of melody with different vocal patterns and delivery. The record is ill and we listen to it every day."

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