May 2017


CD Review By: James Carlson

Melbourne thrashers Harlott have recently dropped their latest batch of songs on Metal Blade Records. Titled 'Extinction,' these twelve new tracks are the perfect follow-up to the band's 2015 full-length, 'Proliferation.' Harkening back to the thrash genre of the '80s and '90s, when the scene boasted such bands as Slayer, Kreator, Annihilator, Sodom, and Toxic Holocaust, to name a few, Harlott's sound, while holding some strong similarities to the old greats, is not purely derivative; they are an extension of the genre in their own right and have their own points of originality. Aggressive, fast and technical, Harlott's music is a non-stop exercise in sonic brutality and human endurance. As far as subject matter, Harlott tends to focus largely on war, politics, chaos, and the inherent folly and destructive nature of humanity.

Ushering in a new era of thrash beside such contemporaries as Bio-Cancer, Municipal Waste, Gruesome, In Defence, and Ghoul, among others, Harlott has made its mark with its standout sound, a tireless work ethic and no shortage of determination. Having recorded and released three full-length albums since 2013 and toured like mad during that time, the band shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. And 'Extinction' is further proof of that.

'Extinction' opens with the tight, ferocious six-minute title track. From there, Harlott blazes through other incendiary songs such as "First World Solutions," "The Penitent," "Conflict Revelation," "Whore," "Violent Conspirator," and "Final Weapon."

If you are a fan of the frantic crossover thrash of Municipal Waste and the metallic thrash of Slayer, you will find plenty to appreciate in Harlott's music.

'Extinction' by Harlott is available now from Metal Blade Records in CD and vinyl formats.

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