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Album Reviews : Harlott – Origin

By on November 27, 2013

Ok, we get it, another 80’s thrash revival band… oh wait! This is actually awesome!

I don’t know under what rock these guys have been hiding, but their brand of thrash with hints of hardcore is so brutal, in your face, raw and well executed that they will send shockwaves throughout the metal community for sure.

The debut full-length Origin, by Australian band Harlott, is a collection of new songs mixed with re-recordings of old demos. In other words, a valuable registry yielded from years and years on the underground road – and that’s where the best stuff was made. As Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister fame) once said, writing angry songs after you are successful, and have a house and a sports car in the driveway, is hard…

Musically, especially on the torpedoes Heretic and Effortless Struggle, this band sounds like they have an angrier Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza singing over a relentless thrash of Kreator brutality. The drums are so fast and precise that they sound like they were played by a robot… but there is a drummer on their website, called Dan, and he looks like a human… just listen to Infernal Massacre and you will see what I mean!

Origin is a solid effort that shows that all the years on the road paid off. This band has nowhere else to go but up.

Band: Harlott
Album: Origin
Year: 2013
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Independent
Origin: Melbourne
facebook.com/HarlottOfficial

Track listing:
1. Origin
2. Effortless Struggle
3. Ballistic
4. Heretic
5. Export Life
6. Hierophobia
7. Kill
8. Infernal Massacre
9. Regression
10. Virus
11. Ultra-Violence
12. Not Long For This World