Harm’s Way are a hardcore band with a difference, drawing influence from a lot of different corners of the heavy musical spectrum to create something that while hardcore at its heart is also heavier than many of their contemporaries without coming close to the dreaded ‘deathcore’ tag.
The album hits the ground running with ‘Human Carrying Capacity’ beginning on a mosh heavy breakdown as if to affirm their credentials before vocalist James Pligge comes roaring into the track like a pissed off animal with its foot caught in a trap. ‘Last Man’ quickly follows, opening with an industrial drum loop before screaming into another breakdown and then the drum loop makes another quick appearance. Over and out in just under two minutes, the vitriol just drips of the end of the track as it fades quietly out.
The first real let up in the musical assault comes in the form of the Helmet-like ‘Temptation’ with its rolling bass riff and squalling noise rock guitar, although still heavy in its own way it gives you time to catch your breath before straight up hardcore destroyer ‘Become A Machine’ comes barrelling back though the door with its very straight forward message.
The rolling drum intro of ‘Unreality’ also does well to remind the listener of the band’s roots not long before the almost dreamy industrial ‘The Gift’ gives time to catch one final breath before the final onslaught of ‘Dead Space’ drives you back into the pit.
Surpassing the likes of fellow experimental hardcore pioneers Code Orange by keeping the music heavy and accessible must have been a difficult task, but well worth it by the time the final notes are struck.
- Human Carrying Capacity
- Last Man
- Become A Machine
- Call My Name
- Dissect Me
- The Gift
- Dead Space