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Below is our complete Hands news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Metalhit.com Offering New Free Compilation

Metal Maniacs and Metalhit.com are offering up the newest installment of their free monthly metal compilation for download worldwide. Metalhit.com owner Mike Riddick comments:

“What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks. Fans can get the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!”

The latest compilation includes free downloadable tracks from: Exhumed, Sepultura, Baring Teeth, Amnis Nihili, Hands, Draconian, Cannabis Corpse, Morta Skuld, and Moon.

Visitors to Metalhit’s site may also enter to win a free copy of Exhumed's latest CD, “All Guts, No Glory” courtesy of Relapse Records.

The compilation can be downloaded by heading over to this location.

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Facedown Fest Lineup Announced

Details have been announced for the forthcoming edition of Facedown Fest. The 2011 edition of the festival will be taking place at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on April 8th and 9th, 2011 with the following artists set to perform:

April 8th:
War Of Ages
A Plea For Purging
Hands
Onward To Olympas
My Epic
Your Memorial
Hope For They Dying
Messengers

April 9th:
For Today
In The Midst Of Lions
Overcome
Call To Preserve
A Hope For Home
Take It Back!
As Hell Retreats
Gideon
Saving Grace
The Burial

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Facedown Records Offers Free Spring 2010 Sampler

Facedown Records is the latest label to offer a free spring sampler, offering their own 13 track compilation. You can download it for free here (enter code "FACEDOWN").

Here's the tracklisting for the Facedown spring sampler:

1. War Of Ages - "Desire"
2. Onward To Olympas - "Sink Or Swim"
3. A Hope For Home - "The Machine Stops"
4. Wrench In The Works - "Project AK-47"
5. Hands - "Of The Flesh"
6. For Today - "Saul Of Tarsus (The Messenger)"
7. Call To Preserve - "Hope For The Fallen"
8. A Plea For Purging - "Malevolence"
9. Sleeping Giant - "The Army Of The Chosen One"
10. Impending Doom - "More Than Conquerors"
11. Take It Back! - "Hollow Eyes"
12. Letter To The Exiles - "It's Never Safe To Dream"
13. Saving Grace - "Unbreakable"

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Hands, Onward To Olympas Team Up For Creatour

Christian metal and hardcore bands Hands and Onward To Olympas are teaming up this February in the midwest for The Creatour. The latest Creatour tour dates are as follows:

Feb 5 – Litchfield, MN @ The Revolution
Feb 6 - Big Lake, MN @ The Fuel Cafe
Feb 7 – Brainerd, MN @ Brainerd Church of the Nazerene
Feb 9 – Bismarck, ND @ The Light Club
Feb 10 – Minot, ND @ The Red Carpet
Feb 11 – Fargo, ND @ The Red Raven
Feb 13 – Blue Springs, MO @ The Link
Feb 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Free People (house show)
Feb 17 – Sioux City, Iowa @ The Underground
Feb 18 – Watertown, SD @ The Basement on Broadway
Feb 19 – Alexandria, MN @ Club 1
Feb 20 – Grand Rapids, MN @ The Ground Floor
Feb 21 – Buffalo, MN @ The Vault

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Tales From The Pit: Ripping off "Mosh Dude's" Ear

We've been talking to bands, fans, and promoters to get their best mosh pit stories. This one comes to us from Josh Silbernagel of the Facedown band Hands.

"So I'm like 15 years old at the time and have never been to a metal show in my life... let alone anywhere near a mosh pit. Suffice to say that at the sight of all the piercings, tattoos, and studded/spiked leather apparel... not to mention the wildly violent looking folks who were wearing them... I was experiencing some hardcore culture shock (...no pun intended).

"There was one kid in particular who was really freaking me out. He was this pudgy little bald guy who was wearing tough looking worn out army boots, shredded up old Levi jeans, and a sweat stained formerly white t-shirt that had the words "Mosh Dude" scrawled across the front in permanent marker. To top it off he had a crudely fashioned hole in his earlobe the size of a pencil (which I later found out was made with a paper punch and a pocket knife). From this hole hung a rusty piece of chain. Now I'm not talking about something you buy at Hot Topic or from some extreme body modification accessory store... I'm talking about a rusty old link that looked like it came from a chain your great grandpa would have fastened to a team of oxen to pull a stump out of the ground. It looked like it had been cut with a hack saw in a couple of places to make an opening, and was now apparently considered jewelry. I could not take my eyes off that thing for the life of me.

"So the show starts and Mosh Dude is right in the thick of things. He was an old school push-mosher and was really laying into people... especially the hardcore dancers. Finally one of them got fed up with it and did a crazy spinning windmill kick within the general proximity of Mosh Dude's head. I think it was supposed to be a warning of some sort... but it didn't work out that way. You see, somehow the hardcore dancer's infant girl sized jeans managed to snag Mosh Dude's rusty chain-link earring... I'm not exaggerating when I say that blood literally sprayed across the entire pit. This guy's already abused ear seriously got ripped halfway off his head. And when I say "ripped half way off his head" I mean "ripped half way off his freaking head!!!". It was just hanging there, blood gushing from the side of his skull like water being shot through the blow hole of a mighty Beluga Whale!!! Okay... so that's a small exaggeration... but you get the idea...

"I expected this guy to first kill the kid who kicked him and then to see him die from blood-loss. The whole pit was watching with fascination and horror. To everyone's surprise (and to others' disappointment) Mosh Dude neither took a life nor lost his own. He simply ripped off his t-shirt, tied it around his head to slow the bleeding, then turned to the kid who had ripped his ear off and stuck his hand up in the air for a high five, declaring to everyone present... "THAT WAS #$!%ING AWESOME!!!". He then continued to mosh through the entire set with his blood soaked "Mosh Dude" t-shirt tightly holding his what was left of his ear to his head. It was a disgustingly awesome occasion... and a very intense way for me to lose my mosh-pit virginity.

"I will probably never see Mosh Dude again, and to be honest that is totally fine with me. But I will never forget him or his mangled ear. So I guess this story is his legacy as far as I am concerned. Bummer for him."

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Metal Maniacs Launches As New Webzine

Metal Maniacs Magazine has been relaunched in a new online format after closing the doors to its print operation in February 2009.

Resurrected by the owner of Metalhit.com, with a site developed by Reh3 Design, the new Metal Maniacs features regularly updated content and features from the latest in underground metal.

The site boasts an exhaustive Mp3 store featuring more than 13,000 songs available for preview and purchase as well as a new forum, monthly contests, a weekly "deadly discovery" showcasing up and coming bands and a monthly free digital music compilation.

The debut launch features a 24 song compilation with the following free downloads:

LIFELOVER “Shallow”
VADER “Rise of the Undead”
FETID ZOMBIE “Graced by Gore”
NOCTURNAL “Hellhunt”
AUGURY “Aetheral”
HANDS “Resistance”
ASPHYX “Death, the Brutal Way”
BLACK ANVIL “Ten Talons Deep”
IMPENDING DOOM “The Serpent Servant”
DAATH “The Worthless”
MERRIMACK “In the Halls of White Death”
GOREAPHOBIA “Mortal Repulsion”
HOWL “Oma”
LEAVES’ EYES “My Destiny”
MERAUDER “Built on Blood”
ORTHRUS “Thy Fate in Damnation”
SKELETONWITCH “Crushed Beyond Dust”
SUICIDE SILENCE “Wake Up”
WEAPON “Serpentine Ayat”
BONE GNAWER “Cannibal Cook-out”
WEEKEND NACHOS “Shot in the Head”
ARGHARUS “Pleistas”
CEREBRUM “Scatter-brain”
SEANCE “Prisoner 666”

You can download the entire compilation here.

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Living Sacrifice To Guest On 2 Demon Hunter Shows

Living Sacrifice will be playing two of the three Demon Hunter shows the band has planned for 2009. Living Sacrifice will be special guests on both of the Pomona dates, Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15 at the Glasshouse.

The first night features Demon Hunter, Throwdown, Living Sacrifice, The Crucified, The Great Commission, Hands and 7 Horns 7 Eyes.

The second night is Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, Focused (reunion!), The Great Commission, Hands, 7 Horns 7 Eyes and Faith Snakes.

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Hands Prepares for Upcoming Album Release

As the summer debut of Hands' first Facedown album "Creator" draws near the band has released the first single Hurricanes to stream on their . They also have a pre-order and it includes the CD, a shirt, and a limited edition poster for $9.99. The first 100 orders will receive the poster hand-signed by artist Dave Quiggle. Dave Quiggle is awesome; you'd be happy with his autograph.

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War Of Ages Announces US Headlining Tour Dates

War Of Ages have announced their first US headlining tour in support of their newest album, "Arise And Conquer," in the spring. Also on the tour is Destroy The Runner, Inhale Exhale, Hands, and Hope For The Dying. The tour dates are as follows:

w/ Destroy The Runner, Inhale Exhale, Hope For The Dying:

02/27 - Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
03/01 - Crofton, MD @ The Macc
03/02 - Clinton, NJ @ The Aquifer
03/03 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
03/04 - Danville, VA @ Plan B
03/06 - Wilmington, NC @ Lamp Stand Light Club
03/07 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
03/08 - Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
03/09 - Tampa, FL @ Real Life Church
03/10 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Post 33
03/12 - Athens, AL @ Friendship Church
03/13 - McCalla, AL @ The Fish
03/14 - Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
03/19 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
03/20 - Mokena, IL @ Soundlab
03/21 - Springfield, IL @ Blacksheep Café

w/ Destroy The Runner, Hands, Hope For The Dying:

03/22 - Poplar Bluff, MO @ The Well
03/23 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
03/24 - Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
03/25 - Fort Smith, AR @ Amp'd Regeneration
03/26 - Dallas, TX @ The Max
03/27 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
03/29 - Abilene, TX @ The Key
04/01 - Mesa, AZ @ Badlands Music Venue
04/02 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Vertical
04/03-04 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse - FACEDOWN FEST

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Facedown Fest 2009 Details Revealed

Details for the 2009 Facedown Fest have been announced. The event takes place on April 3 and 4, 2009 at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. Performances start at 5pm both days. Tickets are $15 for one night and $25 for both nights. The lineup is as follows:

Friday:
Sleeping Giant
War of Ages
For Today
Wrench In The Works
Take It Back!
The Great Commission
Hands
My Epic

Saturday:
Impending Doom
xDeathstarx
A Plea For Purging
No Innocent Victim
Call To Preserve
Earth From Above
Theives & Liars
A Hope For Home
Hope For The Dying
The Rekoning

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Hands Signs To Facedown Records

Facedown Records has announced the signing of Hands. Formed in 2007, Hands plays "anthemic prog-rock ballads bearing the influence of Isis while at the same time laying out solidly progressive hardcore tracks inspired by bands such as Life In Your Way and Misery Signals."

Hands will be working with Mike Dresch @ Cathouse Studios (Nodes of Ranvier, The Spill Canvas, War Of Ages) for their Facedown debut, which will see a July 2009 release date. Keep an eye out for Hands tour dates to be announced soon including a stop at Facedown Fest 2009.

In the meantime, you can check out some music now at the band's MySpace page.

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