Album Review By Iron Mathew
Harlott are a thrash metal band from Australia formed in 2006 releasing their debut album ‘Origin’ in 2013. ‘Proliferation’ followed in 2015 with the bands third album ‘Extinction’ released in 2017.
Savage, brutal and aggressive are the only words I can find to describe the brand of thrash metal that Harlott produce. Heavy hitting, Harlott bulldoze the airwaves as the new album opens with the ferocious title song ‘Extinction’. Sounding like the offspring from a Slayer/Testament encounter, Harlott deliver breath taking and astoundingly quick thrash metal. Warm up those neck muscles guys and girls, this is gonna be wild… Amazingly, the pace increases as ‘First World Solutions’ roars in and rockets off at a blinding speed that almost belies the laws of physics. How do Harlott manage such a blistering pace with absolute accuracy? Because they’re so fucking good at what they do, that’s how! Skull crushingly savage, ‘Penitent’ is a thrash metal tornado that will leave only destruction in its wake. I am quickly running out of superlatives to describe how brutally brilliant this album is…’Whore’ is terrifyingly quick, so quick your head will be just a blur as it nods back and forth at a ridiculously high velocity. You may wanna reserve a place at A & E now, for when this album is over, a neck brace may well be required.
Holy fuck, how fast can this band play? Very is the only answer…’No Past’ thunders along faster than a jet fighter off to war. Earlier this year the Canadian thrash metal band Terrifier released a superb album of fast paced and thunderous thrash, setting new standards for speed and velocity…Harlott have just eclipsed everything they achieved and are setting even higher standards. The pace of this album is relentless with no space to breath. ‘Conflict Revelation’ is a blistering rage of rampantness that will leave you breathless and gasping for air as your neck muscles are put through a ferocious workout as you head bang like it’s going out of fashion. Twelve songs across fifty minutes is some going, with every song just as quick, if not quicker than its predecessor. ‘Better Off Dead’ is where you may wish you were after this album finishes as the neck pain you may be suffering might just prove to be too much to handle. ‘Better Off Dead’ is a pummelling and punishing parade of top notch thrash metal. Throughout the entire album the vocal delivery is top drawer stuff, with its aggressive nature and throaty rasp. I am truly stunned by the torrent of thrash that is currently flooding out of the speakers, this is brilliant stuff.
How much quicker can Harlott get? The one minute and forty seconds long ‘Violent Conspirator’ is proof that a band can play at lightning speed with a very good chance of breaking the sound barrier. Holy shit, what a cracking song. At over seven minutes in length, ‘And Darkness Brings The Light’ is by far and away the longest song on the album and for once, the blistering pace has subsided, only to be replaced by a much heavier brand of thrash. The brutal riffing of ‘And Darkness Brings The Light’ stabs viciously, as the guitars scream and screech on their way. With more time changes than the Back To The Future trilogy, ‘And Darkness Brings The Light’ is a relentless barrage of savagery. With an upturn in the pace, intensity and energy levels, the high velocity ‘Final Weapon’ is a raging hurricane. Savagery has found a new level, as the aggressive and in your face attitude of ‘Final Weapon’ propels it along at break neck speed. With the album hurtling towards the end, there is still time for more, much more of the blistering, high speed thrash that Harlott deliver. ‘Parasite’ rattles and rumbles incessantly as it flies by, a blink and you’ll miss it kind of experience. There is an old saying “all good things come to an end” and this album does come to an end, but not without one last furious flurry. ‘Epitaph’ is a very heavy thrash metal assault that rockets past in a flash. Savage and brutal, this final barrage, rounds off a great album, an album that will compete for the title of (2017) Album Of The Year.
Overall, a superb and brilliant album of fast paced thrash, with every song played at break neck speed with amazing accuracy and precision.
First World Solutions
Better Off Dead
And Darkness Brings The Light
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