The Kraken

by In Each Hand A Cutlass

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Crazytim7 I7s really hard 7o pick one i wan7 7o 7alk abou7 wi7h IEHAC because jus7 abou7 every one of 7hese pos7 rock songs 7hey do is a friggin mas7erpeice (well 7o me anyway). Love you Guys ~ Favorite track: Satori 101.
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Ren Kang One of the moving album I have heard thus far. I especially like the fantastic percussion track during the Introduction of The Kraken Pt. 1! Amazingly big sound that reminiscence the likes of movie soundtracks! Favorite track: The Kraken Pt. 1: Manifest.
Albert Yates
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Albert Yates Fell in love with this album from the moment I heard it. Can't stop listening to it. Favorite track: Satori 101.
Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Avec cet album, In Each Hand a Cutlass fait montre d’une remarquable maîtrise dans les ambiances. Si je parle de « post-rock électique », c’est parce que The Kraken mélange beaucoup d’éléments du genre: les grosses guitares qui tissent des textures lourdes et sombres, mais également les montées en puissance lumineuses, ou la mélancolie d’un violon. On retrouve aussi des éléments symphoniques, qui ajoutent une dimension sinon inédite, du moins rare. Favorite track: Overture.
Dylan Schink
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Dylan Schink The Kraken is more beautiful and profound than a concept album about encountering and fighting a giant squid has a right to be. Favorite track: The Kraken Pt. 2: Melee.
Audrey Yung
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Audrey Yung In a word: EPIC. Basically stands alone as its own suite, and never gets boring. Love the drums and electronic effects, and there's a good sense of movement in each track. IEHAC is a band that takes you on a journey. Favorite track: Heracleion.
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"...a truly emotional, instrumental progressive rock band...[taking] the listener on a musical journey through the depths of the ocean. Feelings and atmospheres change; from melodic to aggressive, from grim to passionate. Still, there is one thing combining all these feelings: beauty." -

"'Satori 101' is a prime testament to their technicality and virtuosity. In between the mind-boggling time signatures, Steve Vai-like arpeggios and drum assaults, In Each Hand A Cutlass’ nautical-themed offering have captured the hearts and ears of instrumental-lovers worldwide." -

"The Kraken is as adventurous as the name suggests and a great follow-up by the Singaporeans to their début album in 2011." -

"[IEHAC's] free and fearless exploration of dynamic textured soundscapes, coupled with their insane creative and technical prowess, voraciously wipes the boundaries of music from existence...a fascinating and breathtaking experience, entirely a different beast from anything we've heard before...[an] intense, diverse masterpiece." -

"...what you end up hearing when you hit play is…post rock. And not your usual, dreamier-than-thou post rock either: this stuff has groove, dynamics and a mix that emphasizes the kick drum and bass. In short, this is the kind of post rock that will have you biting your lips and swaying in your chair, moving something deep inside your core...this entire album is filled with ear-worms, straddling the line between groovy, happy post rock a la And So I Watch You From Afar and the more prog rock influenced The Samuel Jackson Five." -

"With each key track being at least six minutes long, the methodology of IEHAC starts to follow a pattern; one that’s however, nearly impossible to predict…Perhaps it’s IEHAC’s dearth of vocals that makes them feel so unshackled and malleable; this clearly isn’t a band that gets thrills from orthodox verse-chorus-bridge structures. Conversation in instrumentation – that’s IEHAC’s weapon of choice when it comes to telling stories, even when it's as lofty as a four-part, 20-minute opus…we’ll surely be revisiting The Kraken over and over again to unearth everything that IEHAC wishes to communicate on this extravagant sophomore album." - JUICE Singapore

"...a musical venture of truly epic proportions… a very gratifying, and cinematic experience. Every inch of detail that were captured and subsequently showcased, were of high, pristine recording quality. All the way through the prologue, the apex and the ultimatum. The intricacies could very well be comparable to a mechanical watch, truly representational of fine craftsmanship and class." -

"While the term 'epic' has been used and abused so much in popular culture that it has lost some of its potency, it is a fitting word to describe the songs in this 12-track release, which celebrates the grandeur of rock and its various forms and offshoots...[IEHAC] have built a solid body of work to soundtrack the mythical vagaries of the deep." (****, album of the week) - Straits Times' Life!

"A progressive rock monster for the ages...cohesive ambition [is] displayed on this astounding work...There is a consistency running throughout the LP that compels the listener to sit entranced for the entire duration, breathless at the wonder and awe that the music evokes, somewhat effortlessly" -

“In Each Hand A Cutlass already established their penchant for meticulous and complex compositions with their 2011 album A Universe Made of Strings, but with their upcoming album, The Kraken, the Singapore-based instrumental band have bolstered their sonic heft and attention to detail. Songs like "The Deep" highlight their aptitude towards sweeping, majestic post-rock while tracks like "Overture" demonstrate their ability to weave the heaviness of contemporary metallurgists like Mastodon with the exploratory risks of prog luminaries like King Crimson." – Brian Cook, bassist of Russian Circles and Sumac, reviewer with Seattle’s The Stranger magazine

“I was so thrilled to hear that IEHAC are back with a new recording after being totally blown away by their debut A Universe Made of Strings. I came across the band when I was touring in Asia last year and was immediately drawn in and hooked on the huge, epic sound. Since getting my hands on The Kraken it hasn’t been off my stereo, they have really brought it this time, I cannot wait to see this monster live!” – Niall Arthur Kennedy, guitarist of And So I Watch You From Afar


released April 24, 2015

Produced, recorded, mixed and engineered by Brad Wood
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, assisted by Chris Allgood

Drums recorded at Yellow Box Studios, everything else at Snakeweed Studios
Additional recording and engineering by Leonard Soosay and Gerald Wong
Studio Assistants: Frank Lee, Edric Hwang and Benjamin Gabriel Cheng

All songs written, arranged and performed by In Each Hand A Cutlass, except tracks 4 & 11 by Amanda Ling

In Each Hand A Cutlass is:

Daniel Sassoon – Guitars
Amanda Ling – Keyboards & programming
Nelson Tan – Bass
Sujin Thomas – Guitars
Jordan Cheng – Drums & percussion

Additional musicians:
Josh Wei – violins on tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 and 9
Hsiao Shan Loh – cello on track 12
Altered Statesmen – dubstep on track 11

Cover illustration by Andy Yang
Design by Errol, Invsble Studio



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In Each Hand A Cutlass Singapore

In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC) are an instrumental outfit from Singapore, forging soundtracks of the cinema of the mind. These sonic pirates cast music boundaries aside, creating epic sprawling yearning songs that alternate between lifting your spirit and kicking your butt.

In Each Hand A Cutlass is not just a band with a fancy name. It is a statement of intent.
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