BROKEN HAND CHARITY – Violent Verismo
The third EP from Danish alternative hard rock/ metal act Broken Hand Charity is another alluring product. "Violent Verismo" contains 5 songs, "He Rose" opening in more of a bluesy, Clutch fashion, drum beat and guitar chord sequences airy and bouncy in the first minute before the second half of the song churns in a steadier metal meter. The follow up "Kiss from a Crow" has a little bit of an Ozzy/ Randy Rhoads era shuffle before alternative clean picking and Kasper Ljung’s oddball vocal delivery takes over: part Mike Patton, part Ozzy, and once again capturing my attention because it’s not something I hear from most vocalists in this genre.
You’ll even feel a little bit of Type O Negative meets thrash on "Come to Hell", probably my favorite track of the five on here – although closer "No Tomorrow" has a great musical/chorus hook combination that will probably have most humming away with it for days. Broken Hand Charity in a just world would be picked up by a major label with a clue, given the right promotional and touring exposure, and start headlining in all parts of the world. I have a feeling the unusual vocal style of Kasper is the major sticking point – but aren’t we all tired of the same Eddie Vedder -like clones in alternative hard rock?
Check out "Violent Verismo" for yourself if you dig modern alternative hard rock with flashes of metal brilliance.