Glass Hands is another one of our ReverbNation winners. Last year, in 2016, the group debuted their seven track EP, Exit Letters. The album's sound consists of melodic hardcore and melancholy jams. This metalcore band is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. We have Adam Anderson's vocals, Jon Iosue on guitar, Jack Rainbolt also on guitar, Spencer Tillman on bass & vocals, and Drew Johnson on drums.


The drumming steals the show in this compilation. I also dig that you can really hear the rawness of the bass. I appreciate the bass not being lost in the other instruments.


Track two, Half Asleep is definitely heavier than track one, In the Hands of a Broken Man. I personally prefer the deeper, more metal-esq vocals than the higher singing for this album. At the same time, I like the melancholy, sorrowful feel to the EP as well.


Whilst listening, I enjoyed number three, Alone . The drums and guitar riffs are great. This cut has a punky feel to it in the beginning. The deeper vocals and drumming would have to be my favorite elements of this jam. I can almost feel how hard Drew is hitting his kit. The kick drum sounds great and flawless.


Track four, Bury Me, consists of attractive drum beats yet again. I love the combination of the slow but strong guitar sound mixed with the drumming.


Number five, Honest To God, sounds more poppy, similar to track one. Though the lyrics are heavy, “If your honest to God, faith will disappoint you”. The melody is mesmerizing with charismatic attributes.


Tracks six, Remorse and track seven, Disastrous, are some of the groups slower songs.


Influenced by artists such as Breaking Benjamin, Guns N Roses and The Fray, I can see where The Fray has influenced their higher vocals. Glass Hands reminded me more of Chevelle, Linkin Park, SR71 and Mudvayne, just to name a few. Exit Letters is a good metal album to listen to if you enjoy a pop-like infused, slower melody.


- Jenny Holland



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Jon Iosue - Guitar

Jack Rainbolt -Guitar

Spencer Tillman - Bass & Vocals

Drew Johnson - Drums

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Zaius is an instra-metal Chicago native band, signed recently by Prosthetic Records. This post-metal, atmospheric group possesses elements of Math Metal. Plus, there is no need for vocals from this combo, the melodies speak to listeners awesomely on their own. The ensemble released their debut full-length, Of Adoration on October 6th 2017 and their album release show is this Saturday, October 21st at Brauerhouse in Lombard, Illinois. Check them out, they wont disappoint. We have Jeremy Bellen on bass, Dann Colce on guitar, Ian McConnell also on guitar and Mike Imbordino on drums.


I loved the entirety of Of Adoration the first time I listened. I then listened to the album at least five more times after and enjoyed it as much each time. Instrumental music is always great because you can hear a song once and feel one way, then to hear even the same cut again the next day, can have you take something completely different away from it. Lyrics give certain meanings to songs, differentiating from person to person depending how one interprets it. On the opposite end for me, listening to music with no lyrics calms me and gives me a feeling the same as if I were meditating. I absolutely relish this album. I want to say number 5, Magnolia and 6, Seirenes, are my two favorite songs but really, this whole LP is prodigious. Track 5, Magnolia, contains guitar riffs that will have you bobbing your head while experiencing a feeling of contentment. Number 7, Anicca, is a soothing jam. Track 8, Colin, has a fresh, groovy feel to it.


Zaius' sound is similar to Isis, Mogwai, Pelican and If These Trees Could Talk. If your into any of those bands, your sure to dig Zaius.


The relaxing yet energetic compilation was mixed & mastered by Chris Common. Common also worked with Mastodon in creating Blood Mountain. Likewise, Common mastered Isis' album Celestial. Another band Common engineered and mixed amongst many others is Pelican. Common worked with Pelican on albums Forever Becoming and What We All Come to Need. Of Adoration was recorded and engineered by Jeff Edwards who has worked with various artists from Justin Bieber to The Alchemist. Not only is the music purely celestial, the artwork, illustrated by Maralk van Haasteren, is impressive with a bohemian feel to it. Haasteren, an artist from the Netherlands carries an amazing talent. Haasteren's creations are mesmerizing in that, the longer you stare into his art, the more you see. His imagination and creativity is truly amazing. If you haven't checked him out yet, I highly recommend.


Before the birth of this instrumental compilation of goodness, Jeremy played with Mike in his first band, Society's Own. Then we have Ian, who played in Poison For Profit, Knights of the Round and Iscariot. Dan and Mike were in a band also prior to Zaius called Trieste. Zaius also released two EP's prior to their full length that are equally satisfying.


- Jenny Holland



Zaius Is:

Jeremy Bellen - Bass

Dann Colce - Guitar

Ian McConnell - Guitar 

Mike Imbordino - Drums

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