Written and produced by William Bennett.

Mastered and cut by Noel Summerville at 3345, London.
Artwork by Mimsy DeBlois. Layout by Oliver Smith.

2xLP vinyl pressed at Optimal and housed in high gloss gatefold sleeve, with download card (MP3/FLAC) inside. CD housed in high gloss digipak. Also available on digital formats.

Customers who pre-order direct from Blackest Ever Black will receive a full download (MP3/FLAC) of the album a week prior to release.



2xLP tracklist:

  • A1. The Claw
  • A2. I Know What I Must Do
  • A3. Damballah 58
  • B1. Parataxic Distortion
  • B2. Festival Of The Dead
  • B3. Belladonna Theme
  • C1. Vaudou Take Me High
  • C2. Inlightenment
  • C3. None Of Your Bones Are Broken
  • D1. Madwoman (Festival Mix)
  • D2. Fruit Is Ripe
  • D3. Fire Ends The Day


CD/digital tracklist:

  • 1. The Claw
  • 2. I Know What I Must Do
  • 3. Damballah 58
  • 4. Parataxic Distortion
  • 5. Festival Of The Dead
  • 6. Belladonna Theme
  • 7. Vaudou Take Me High
  • 8. Inlightenment
  • 9. None Of Your Bones Are Broken
  • 10. Madwoman (Festival Mix)
  • 11. Fruit Is Ripe
  • 12. Fire Ends The Day


Cut Hands

Festival Of The Dead   BLACKESTLP010 | CD010 | DL010


It is said that the gods of the dead demand you ritualistically commit to each intensely hot beat of the ceremonial drum.

Now, here, is the music for their celebration of death, music to dance together with, to oblivion, a music both spectacular and ecstatic where, like never before, the spirits of santería and vaudou mix with raw electricity into burning diabolical polyrhythms.

We here present Cut Hands and Festival Of The Dead.


Festival Of The Dead is the new full-length studio album from William Bennett’s Cut Hands, released by Blackest Ever Black on 2xLP, CD and digital formats on October 14th, 2014.

This is Cut Hands’ third album to date: the acclaimed Afro Noise I introduced the project in 2011, and 2012’s Black Mamba expanded its feverish vision, preceded by a single of the same name on Blackest Ever Black. 2013 saw the release of the similarly fiery ‘Madwoman’ and ‘Damballah 58’ 12″s (on Downwards and BEB respectively).

Festival Of The Dead is without doubt the most potent distillation yet of Cut Hands’ malign percussive energy, with pieces like ‘The Claw’ and ‘Vaudou Take Me High’ leading the irresistible polyrhythmic assault, in pursuit of one thing: a final rapturous celebration of oblivion.