HORSE THE BAND
THE MECHANICAL HAND
HORSE the band is a spastic outfit whose melding of heavy music with loads of experimentation, including keyboard-applied sound bites from Nintendo games. On this Los Angeles-based band’s 13-track disc, this quintet seemingly paid attention to as much Faith No More as their Gamecube system, as the vocals and rhythms mainly suggest a lot of exposure to Mike Patton and crew on tracks like “A Million Exploding Suns”. But there’s more to these guys than one measly listen exposes, such as a subliminal ‘80s dance rock feel on “Manateen”, an attachment to today’s left of center screamo metal acts and their too cool to care attitude on “Octopus on Fire”, and a raging addiction to thrash metal dynamics throughout, all of which make THE MECHANICAL HAND one of the most pleasant diversions the heavy music scene needs to keep on the edge.