I became a fan of Austrian post-black metal act Harakiri For The Sky a few years back and have enjoyed and actively sought out their material ever since. Having released their debut in 2012, the band has only thrust itself upward and they are proving this once more on their latest endeavor ARSON.
Continuing their trend of melody and crisp production over atmosphere and fog, Harakiri For The Sky open the album with the gloriously triumphant “Fire, Walk With Me,” a nine minute opener that crushes and mesmerizes with every passing second. The bands members, who have made their bones throughout the Austrian extreme music scene, always come 100% correct with their musicianship.
The soft introduction, thrust into action with beautiful symphonics, of “You Are The Scars” is a thing of wonder. The guitar-work throughout this track is spectacular, but around the two-and-a-half minute mark really catches the ear.
As with most Harakiri For The Sky releases, you’re not looking at short songs here. You do however get a nice variety of styles throughout ARSON. The track “Void Omnia” has a much more upbeat tone and its execution is stunning. As the vocals kick into gear, they seem much more wretched and scorned than on other tracks.
The final two tracks on the album are definitely stand-outs for me. The second to last is titled “Voidgazer” and it has the same vibe as the albums opener “Fire, Walk With Me.” Wonderfully intricate guitar work and break-neck drumming drive the track while the vocals screech overhead, haunting relentlessly.
The album’s closer doubles as its shortest track also. Clocking in at under five minutes, this song is a melodic, beautiful track that features clean vocals and soft, acoustic sections before launching into an aggressive assault. It wages war against the two sides numerous times until it comes to a close. And that’s that. Another super solid Harakiri For The Sky album in the books. I had a few tracks picked out that I can listen to on repeat, while there are others that I need to spend a bit more time with. Overall: they did it again.
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Label: Art Of Propaganda
Favorite Tracks: “Fire, Walk With Me”, “Void Omnia”
For Fans of: Violet Cold, Anomalie, Vattnet Viskar