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Upcoming Releases: Cruel Hand “Lock & Key” Out July 27th via Bridge 9

May 3, 2010

Poised to be one of the hardest records of 2010, Lock & Key is Cruel Hand’s third full-length (second album for Bridge Nine) 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.”

Since the release of Cruel Hand’s Bridge Nine debut, Prying Eyes, in 2008, the band has been a relentless touring machine and one of the tightest bands in the hardcore world. Cruel Hand has shared the stage with bands like Have Heart, Bane, Terror, Death Before Dishonor, and more, and will continue to tour the globe non-stop in support of Lock & Key. Stay tuned to for details, tour announcements, and more to be announced soon!

May 26 Ceremony, Cruel Hand
Osaka, Japan @ King Cobra
May 27 Ceremony, Cruel Hand
Nagoya, Japan @ Zion
May 28 Ceremony, Cruel Hand
Tokyo Kichijoji, Japan @ Warp
May 29 Ceremony, Cruel Hand
Chiba Minamikashiwa, Japan @ Drunkard’s Stadium
May 30 Ceremony, Cruel Hand
Tokyo Shinjuku, Japan @ ACB Hall
Jul 23 Cruel Hand
Leuven, Belgium @ JH Sojo
Jul 24 Cruel Hand
Koln, Germany @ Positive Records Birthday @ Essigfabrik
Jul 25 Cruel Hand
Rockycany, Czech Republic @ Fluff Fest
Jul 26 Cruel Hand
Wien, Austria @ Shelter
Jul 27 Cruel Hand
Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert
Jul 28 Cruel Hand
Vicenza, Italy @ Jack Hole
Jul 29 Cruel Hand
Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk
Jul 30 Cruel Hand
Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
Jul 31 Cruel Hand
Stockholm, Sweden @ Anti Fest
Aug 01 Cruel Hand
Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Aug 02 Cruel Hand
Karlsruhe, Germany @ Die Stadtmitte
Aug 03 Cruel Hand
Nurnberg, Germany @ Desi
Aug 04 Cruel Hand
Dessau, Germany @ Panic Room
Aug 05 Cruel Hand
TBA, Germany @ TBA
Aug 06 Cruel Hand
Leisnig, Germany @ Sucks’n’Summer
Aug 07 Cruel Hand
Fredericia, Denmark @ Fredericia Hardcore Festival
Aug 09 Cruel Hand
Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Eddies Rock Club
Aug 10 Cruel Hand
Manchester, United Kingdom @ Moho Live
Aug 11 Cruel Hand
Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Capitol
Aug 12 Cruel Hand
London, United Kingdom @ Purple Turtle
Aug 13 Cruel Hand
Ieper, Belgium @ Ieperfest

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