Author: Ginny Yang
09/07/2006 | CMJ | www.cmj.com | Album Review
The latest collective to join Saddle Creek's Midwestern brood keeps things fast and furious on its debut effort. Ladyfinger (ne) - the "ne" stands for Nebraska - rams Heavy Hands with chugging guitars and vocals that shift from taut restraint to aggressive howls within the span of a verse. The ominous lyrics match their riffs, occasionally reaching emo-dramatic heights. "When it comes to love, my heart is the desert and yours is the sun/Let it dry and crack my skin till the blood runs," Chris Machmuller rails in "Case of Shame." While they're clearly passionate, it's hard to tell what exactly is making the Omaha natives so angry. "Play without a mask and run through the night/It's a sweet distraction in this hopeless life we live," Machmuller asserts in "One Thousand Tongues," which is far more dour than it is incendiary. With their lack of scope, these metal aficionados are merely raging against the mundane.