Harlots
Betrayer


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
October 24th, 2007 | 19 replies | 9,508 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The blunt mixture of technically oriented death/grindcore and sludgy post-metal doesn't pan out so well. A decent album marred by the band's identity crisis.

I hate labelling bands. In this day, it's becoming an increasingly arduous process that's rarely worth the effort. To support this idea, I give you Betrayer, the latest release from Harlots.

It took a few listens for me to really figure out what I was listening to. "The Weight Unweighable" starts off in a blur, blasting through impatient time changes and dissonant shred. The first chunk of the song falls comfortably alongside Cephalic Carnage and the Red Chord, while the second half reflects a slower, groovier breakdown that sort of sounds like a mix between [MySpace flavour of the week] and the Dillinger Escape Plan.

The restraint shown at the end of the first track is apparently futile, as "Avada Kedavra" commences with even more dissonant dweedly weedly©, blast beats and frenetic chugalug. Of course, it also slows down about a minute and a half in, eventually heading down a sludgy route with a slight post-hardcore twist. The next track follows the pattern, starting off with its fast paced, blast based attack, but it too decides to slow down. As a tapping lead sways in and out, an intermittent breakdown takes shape and shoots a much needed sense of invigoration into the album. The last minute of "Full Body Contortion" consists of clean howls and longer more organic chord progressions, ending with a synth passage that leads into "Dried Up Goliathan", a venerable mid-paced track that makes full use of the band's notable wall of sound. Sounding more in-keeping with Isis than anything, the 8-minute track explores a more viscous, brooding sound, which, as you may have figured, is relatively short lived.

At this point, I'm wondering to go about classifying a band that can't be bothered settling on a sound. The album is a 43 minute exercise in futility; a formulaic 9 tracks that jump back and forth between chaos and mire. The songwriting on Betrayer is lax, and the band truly does fall victim to auditory diarrhea. Tracks like "Dried Up Goliath" do nothing but emphasize the absurd barrage of notes found on "Building Up An Empire Towards Destruction". If anything, "Dried Up Goliath" is situated in such a way that it emphasizes just how displaced the album's sound truly is.

It's not all bad. The album is heavy as sin, an immediate plus for some, and the guitars and drums are technically outstanding. Vocally, the disc runs the gamut, usually vying for a dual approach, blending screams and yells with deeper gutturals, with some clean shouting thrown in for good measure.

It took me three or four full spins to fully digest the album. By my fifth listen, I realized it probably wasn't worth it. Both sounds on the album are executed well enough, but the album is without any natural flow. The sound on the album jumps back and forth, creating a harsh contrast in direction that's both frustrating and disappointing. The band has potential, and that's worth looking into, but the album isn't focused enough for me to highly recommend it.



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Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

short write-up, wrote it a few days ago. sort of satisfied with it but i'll look it over again in the morning/afternoon.

was pretty hard to write this, i realized midway through that it wasn't really worth the effort so this is the result. enjoy i guess?

reviews that don't suck coming soon, i swear!This Message Edited On 10.24.07

plane
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2007



6085 Comments


Nice and concise. Still good.

This sounds interesting enough to the point that I want to listen to it.This Message Edited On 10.24.07

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their myspace has some tracks up.
http://myspace.com/harlots

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dear review, get more views and don't disappear so soon thxxxxxx

ZapatoDiablo
October 24th 2007



167 Comments


I read it Coke -good review, though you certainly didn't do this band any favors here. This Message Edited On 10.24.07

Fort23
October 24th 2007



2474 Comments


Avada Kedavra is pretty good. Excellent review too.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 26th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are a few tracks on here that, in context of being single tracks, are good. In fact, nothing is particularly bad.
It's just not all too effectively thrown together. There's two basic formulas employed and they dont even make an effort to bring them together, rather it's all haphazardly tossed in.

CHA REVIEW DONT DIE HUHRUHHT

rising2anend
October 29th 2007



50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album is pretty good, i bought it after i saw them with the dance club massacre... it was interesting it definitly could of been better but they are awesome dudes to boot. we all just kinda chilled out after the show and drank beer... but anyways album =good review= good all in all solid.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 29th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They just need to focus a little harder and this would be great. It's still listenable and good now and again but it could be so much better.

asaf
September 15th 2011



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just got this after it sat years on my "to do" list. a decent listen. I think if this review was written today, it'd be a different pov.

Digging: Heart To Heart - Dulce

wacknizzle
January 26th 2012



12572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Why am i the only person who likes this that much. I heard a song on hxcmp3 in like 05 that was great and i went back all the time waiting to hear more, eventually this album came out and it was far beyond my expectations. Their one of my favorite bands. This Is The Second Death is great too but the production is shitty.

Digging: PVRIS - Paris

MichaelSnoxall
October 22nd 2012



12163 Comments


This album rules, don't worry, you're not the only one, Wack.

Kman418
October 26th 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow that first track floored me

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Kman418
October 26th 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is way way wayyyuyuy heavier than i expected what the fuck WHAT THE FUCK

demigod!
October 26th 2013



43809 Comments


nizzcore

Digging: Black Flag - My War

Kman418
October 26th 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

p much

this is a lot better than .,,.ccrrur.,stt so far who i already think are pretty good so nice find

wacknizzle
October 26th 2013



12572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Comment on my review bros. Harlots fucking rule, make sure to get This Is The Second Death too, that album is amazing and the current average is fucked so gotta up that shit

tacos N stuff
July 3rd 2014



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this was brilliant

wacknizzle
July 3rd 2014



12572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For sure dude, glad you dig it. Bump my review thread



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