Cruel Hand

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Cruel Hand
OriginPortland, Maine, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk
Years active2006–present
LabelsHopeless, Bridge 9, 6131
MembersChris Linkovich – vocals
Andrew Budwey – guitar
Jeremy Breau – guitar
Seger Daily – bass
Ryan Goff – drums

Cruel Hand is an American hardcore punk band from Portland, Maine that formed in 2006. As of 2013, Cruel Hand has released four full-length albums: Without a Pulse on 6131 Records, Prying Eyes and Lock & Key on Bridge 9 Records and The Negatives on Hopeless Records. The band has also released three EPs on Bridge 9: Life in Shambles, Cruel Hand and Born Into Debt, We All Owe a Death. Their song "Face to Face" is featured on Triple B Records' 2010 America's Hardcore Compilation.


Cruel Hand formed in Portland, Maine,[1] in 2006, originally as a side project of the punk band Outbreak, creating an opportunity for band members to play different instruments.[2] In 2007 they released their debut album Without a Pulse, on 6131 Records. They played shows around the U.S. with Trash Talk and The Mongoloids, touring the United States three times and a full European tour. Cruel Hand then signed with Bridge 9 for their second album, Prying Eyes,[3] which was recorded at Getaway Recording Studios and God City Studios in 2008.[4][5] Cruel Hand released a self-titled 7" EP in 2010 featuring a song from their third album, Lock & Key and an unreleased track. Lock & Key was released on July 27, 2010, on Bridge 9 Records. They have toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia supporting their latest release. On November 5, 2012 Cruel hand released a new video and new track titled "Cheap Life".

Cruel Hand are influenced by the Cro-Mags, early Metallica, and Madball, and are often compared to the seminal Toronto hardcore band No Warning.



Studio albums


  • Life in Shambles (2008, Bridge 9)
  • Cruel Hand (2010, Bridge 9)
  • Vigilant Citizen (2013, Triple B Records)
  • Born Into Debt, We All Owe a Death (2013, Closed Casket Activities)


  • Cruel Hand Demo '06 (2006)

Music videos

  • "3s" (2013)
  • "Cheap Life" (2014)
  • "Monument Square People" (2014)
  • "Unhinged - Unraveled" (2014)
  • "Heat" (2015)
  • "Dead Eyes Watching" (2016)


  1. ^ Robertson, Oli (August 2010). "Exposure: Cruel Hand". Rock Sound. London (138): 35. ISSN 1465-0185.
  2. ^ Kelham, Andrew (August 2010). "Cruel Hand: Lock & Key". Rock Sound. London (138): 86. ISSN 1465-0185.
  3. ^ Kelham, Andrew (November 2008). "Cruel Hand: Prying Eyes". Rock Sound. London (115): 94. ISSN 1465-0185.
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "Prying Eyes - Cruel Hand". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cruel Hand". Retrieved March 27, 2020.

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