How fighting in bars and two subdural hematomas led to the Angry Hand of God

See Also: Angry Hand of God at Bender's Tavern, 8/2/12

Angry Hand of God started in 2008 as a band inspired by the kind of slow, crushing, psychedelic metal that ran through most of the stoner rock bands at the time. Only this band has really strong riffs that have propelled it from the dark sludge of doom into more melodic territory, as heard on its latest album, Revelations from Rock Bottom, which is a sonic monolith and a potent synthesis of melody and heaviness more akin to bands from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. We recently sat down and spoke with the band about its disparate backgrounds and influences and how fighting in bars led to a craniotomy and ultimately into the Angry Hand of God.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.