Released By: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 7 April 2017
Genre: Metal, Thrash Metal
Andrew Hudson – Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Butler – Lead Guitar
Tomas Richards – Bass
Tim Joyce – Drums
5. No Past
6. Conflict Revelation
7. Better Off Dead
8. Violent Conspirator
9. And Darkness Brings The Light
10. Final Weapon
Those of you who follow MGM may know that it has been quite a while since I have contributed anything to the site. But when the big boss-man Denys got in contact with me recently to ask if I’d be interested in smashing out some words about the latest album from Aussie thrashers HARLOTT…well how could I resist? One of the biggest thrills I got from my time as a regular MGM writer was getting the opportunity to help push the plight of the awesome metal scene we have here in Australia these days out to the rest of the globe.
That being said, HARLOTT need little introduction these days as their profile as one of the hottest modern day thrash bands grows both locally and abroad. EXTINCTION, the band’s third full-length album is due out on April 7 courtesy of Metal Blade records, features artwork from internationally renowned heavy metal artist Andrei Bouzikov and was mastered by Jens Bogrenwhose studio credits include SEPULTURA, DRAGONFORCE, OPETH, KREATOR and a ton more.
A lot of modern day thrash metal bands are busy trying to find ways to expand on the limitations of the genre, some to great effect and other not so much, but here HARLOTT just say screw it and go for an unrelenting shout-out the mid-eighties Bay Area thrash scene with a slight nod to the Teutonic scene in tow. Think TESTAMENT jamming out on KREATOR songs with SLAYER’S Tom Araya on vocals and you’ll be somewhere thereabouts of what is offered up on EXTINCTION.There are a few small hints of a more mid-paced Traditional Metal sound scattered throughout the album’s twelve tracks, made clearest in the seven and a half minutes of AND DARKNESS BRINGS THE LIGHT, and with the tracks more melodic choruses it wouldn’t have sounded out of place at all on the latest KREATOR album. But mainly, this album is all about a good old balls-to-the-wall, blistering pace stroll right through the heartland of classic Thrash Metal.
Wailing speed metal-esque melodic lead breaks, aggressive double-kick drumming, songs about the shitty state of the world, classic eighties inspired artwork all wrapped up in modern quality production…honestly what more could an old-school Thrash Metal fan possibly ask for? Dig out your battle jackets and get ready to bang your heads.
2016 was a strong year for Thrash Metal and so far 2017 looks to be pretty positive too, EXCTINCTION is HARLOTT’S best work yet and sees them arrive as a worthy contender to mix it up with the best that the genre has to offer.
Written by: ZeeZee Dawson