(7/10) Harlott could be from the Bay Area, but they aren't. The four-piece is based in Melbourne, Australia but their songs have quite some parallels with the Bay Area sound. Thrash metal from Down Under was mostly overshadowed by hardrock bands. Mortal Sin was one of those young thrash bands that got worldwide attention but than there was radio slince again. It's Harlott that picks up this spirit again and the guys could become Mortal Sin's worthily successor.
"Proliferation", the band's newest strike, isn't the first album of the Australian quartet. Two EP's and the longplayer "Origin" have been released already. And even the current "Proliferation" has seen the light of day as a self-produced album already earlier this year. In the meantime Metal Blade signed the thrashers from Melbourne and opened up new horizons for the guys.
Harlott reminded me to the young Exodus. It's fast and uncompromising metal that blows your speakers. Those guys don't take prisoners. "Restless" and "Bloodlust" are two minute long riff attacks that are spot on, proving that a good song isn't depending on playing time.
But there are the longer tracks too. "Denature" is one of those and I heard the good old Testament back.
Last but not least the cover fits perfect to their sound too. This is a real thrash metal artwork that 'decorates' the packaging of this metal beast.
Harott is hungry. The want metal, the breathe metal and they play metal. Thrash's still present in Australia. Thank God.
- Systematic Reduction
- The Fading Light
- Lord of War
- Civil Unrest
- Cross Contamination
- Means to an end
Label: Metal Blade
Gernre: Thrash Metal
Release Date EU: Septmeber 18th, 2015