The Handshake Murders were a Metalcore band from Fort Smith, Arkansas. The band includes many members from Eso-Charis and Norma Jean. When Eso-Charis, disbanded, Holmes made The Handshake Murders full-time. The band has released one full-length album, and two EPs.[4] The band has been compared to Coalesce, Meshuggah, and A Life Once Lost[4] and have gone on tour with bands such as The Chariot, Norma Jean, and Darkest Hour.[5] After 10 years of being active, the band broke-up.[6][7]

The Handshake Murders
OriginFort Smith, Arkansas
Genresmetalcore, mathcore, hardcore punk, metallic hardcore,[1] Sludgecore[2]
Years active2000–2011
LabelsGoodfellow[3]
Associated actsNorma Jean, Eso-Charis, Fear Is the Driving Force
Past membersJayson Holmes
John Ridenour
Brian Evans
Jeff Keer
Cory Brandan Putman
Daniel Wiggins
Jeff Hicky
Bryce Lucien
Jeff King
Brandon Rogers
Keith Baskett

MembersEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
EPs
  • Bury the Effigy (2002)
  • Essays in the Progression of Man[12] (2005)
Compilation Appearances
  • "Messenger" on End Times, released through Goodfellow Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Goodfellow Records inks deal with the Handshake. Murders". Bravewords. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Bergman, Keith. "The Handshake Murders – Usurper". Blabbermouth.net.
  3. ^ THE HANDSHAKE MURDERS Sign With GOODFELLOW RECORDS at Blabbermouth.net on May 3, 2006
  4. ^ a b "The Handshake Murders biography on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Handshake Murders on Got Djent". Got Djent. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  6. ^ wookubus (October 8, 2011). "The Hanshake Murders calls it a day". Theprp. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Shotwell, James (October 7, 2011). "The Hanshake Murders disbands". Under the Gun review. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Usurper review". About.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "AllMusic review of Usurper". AllMusic. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Deneau, Max (February 14, 2007). "The Handshake Murders - Usurper review". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Usurper review". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "The Handshake Murders". Sputnik Music. Retrieved September 18, 2015.