Not to be confused with the 2000s-period Black Sabbath tribute band featuring former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, the Hand of Doom were an obscure '70s heavy rock group from the small, isolated German village of Bad Hersfeld, near what was then the border between East and West Germanys. What's more, the quartet's members, vocalist Andreas Rößner, guitarist Uwe Ellenberger, bassist Klaus Bode, and drummer Karl-Heinz Wehde (plus sometime fifth member and second guitarist Ralf Rossbauch) were so far removed from Germany's urban and media centers that their late-'70s career went largely undocumented, and their lone LP, 1979's tellingly titled Poisonoise, was only recorded over a year after they'd initially called it quits! Were it not for said album's uniquely quirky amalgamation of proto-punk, hard rock, and metal, and a tiny but persistent cultdom surrounding it, there's no doubt that the Hand of Doom would have never been heard from again. But in 2008, rarities dealer Shadow Kingdom Records responded to growing Internet demand by tracking down the band's long-retired lead singer and obtaining his original master tapes, along with select rehearsal and live material, so as to release Poisonoise on CD for the first time.
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