Harlott – Extinction

Opening with the title track, Australia’s Harlott immediately deliver with full blown metal. From a 30 second instrumental introduction, to launching into a heavy riff with matching vocals, the vocalist’s harsh lyrics cut over the guitar playing the same melody. It’s been a while since a metal group have pulled off one riff played over several different parts, but Harlott do it well. Similar tracks are Final Weapon and No Past.

Following Extinction with First World Solutions, at first the track sounds like the other, but different riffs and one incredible solo later and the listener is already invested in the album. By the time The Pentinent comes on, even the most casual metal fan is excited for the top quality production of Harlott‘s album.

However around halfway through the album a casual fan would get overwhelmed with all the full on metal tracks, some melodic tracks to break up the fast paced riffs might be a good idea. However the hardcore metal fans would really enjoy all the riffs, excellent solos and the vocals that make the listener want to join in. A live show from Harlott would be absolutely brilliant, not only for a first person glimpse of their talent, but for the undoubtable effects that would come with it.

Conflict Revelation begins with a meaty bass hook before launching into the guitar riff. The track bounces along, morphing from verse to chorus flawlessly. However it would be nice if the bass hook returned at any point throughout the song, considering it grabbed the listener’s attention as something different and then seemed to disappear under the guitars.

And Darkless Brings Light follows in the same vein as Extinction: a short instrumental introduction before all the heavy instruments come in together. However this track is more focused on melody and is slower than the others, giving the listener a welcome reprieve from the fast pace of the album.

Extinction is musically a fantastic album. The mixing and mastering is flawless and individually each track could be appreciated by casual metal listeners. However, stacking each fast paced heavy track one after another wears the listener out. For their next album it would be great to see Harlott focus on developing their instrumental tracks, even if they’re only short interludes placed strategically throughout the album.