Author: Paul Leeds
08/29/2006 | Culture Bunker | www.culturebunker.com | Album Review
The "(ne)" stands for Nebraska, to separate them in your mind from another band called Ladyfinger that you've never heard. "Heavy Hands" is a sharp, snappy, modern rock album, borrowing equally from the worlds of punk and arena rock. Simply put, the band uses the hard riffing, muted chord punk style and welds it to a high-flying metal vocalist. When they're on their game ("Sea Legs") Ladyfinger (ne) the music is simple. When they slip a little, the singer sometimes throws up some Judas Priest notes and you can almost hear him sing "alright" in a falsetto…almost, and the guitarist plays some doubled guitar runs like KK Downing. I think you'd have to be a fan of 80s metal to appreciate this, because it's like a middle ground between sounds. Maybe a nearer equivalent would be Queens Of the Stone Age with a higher pitched singer. "Cause Of Shame" sounds like a lost track to Judas Priest's "Point Of Entry." I stopped listening to metal when I was 11, so I can't really understand why Ladfinger'd want to bring this sound back.