Molotov Solution
The Harbinger


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
June 19th, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Molotov Solution sticks it to The Man and comes up with a pretty good album.

Last year I wrote a fairly naïve review of Molotov Solution's eponymous record that criticized the group's lyrics for either being paranoid or shooting for cheap shock value. Perhaps it was the provocative bluntness of the band's lyrics, the style they were written in, or maybe just ignorance itself, but as much as I enjoyed their music, I was never able to truly take the record seriously. I'm still not all that fond of their lyrical style on The Harbinger, but I can't deny that the band isn't well read.

Fortunately, The Harbinger improves Molotov Solution's output in other ways. Though still primarily groove based, there is more depth to the album's sound. Drawing from last year's "Dark Alliance", Molotov Solution has incorporated a greater sense of melody into their music. "Atrum Inritus", which wouldn't sound out of place on a Torchbearer record, is the most obvious example of this, and pulls off the melodic guitar leads without sacrificing its intensity. "Monolithic Apparatus" and "Corpus Imperium" straddle between the two styles effectively as well, and while there isn't any technical wizardry to be found in either track, they're still impressive in themselves. Although it lacks the catchiness of "Atrum Inritus", the seven minute closing track, "The Dawn of Ascendency" is the most complete song on The Harbinger. Chilling clean guitar breaks, all out riffing, and slow melodic harmonies are all utilized, which does not particularly new formula by any means, but Molotov Solution puts an excellent spin on it nonetheless. The song is a hell of a lot more grave than the majority of Molotov Solution's work; vocalist Nick Arthur pleads "Wake up! …Wake up! " over the most sombre sounding riffs the band has ever written. Lines such as "Would you rather have freedom or security? / Make your choice; tyranny or liberty!" effectively maintain the critical bite typical of Molotov Solution's work, but the song's power is characterized by the song's emotional backdrop.

In all honesty, The Harbinger's more straightforward tracks aren't quite as appealing, particularly tracks like "Only the Dead", which abuses the breakdown a little more than one would like, and "Rule By Secrecy", which never really gets itself going. There still are some solid death metal tracks in the form of "Awakening" and "Warlords"; they aren't quite as instantly gratifying as some of Molotov Solution's other works, but they are excellent tracks that get more interesting with repeated listening. It's also worth mentioning that Arthur has improved his vocals tenfold. The awful pig squeals utilized on Molotov Solution are completely gone, with Arthur opting for a more traditional sounding growl that is much easier on the ears.

Ultimately, The Harbinger is a step up for Molotov Solution, but they still have a long way to go yet. Their lyrical work, as well read as it may be, still needs some ironing out, and sometimes guitarists Robbie Pina and Sims Collison ride breakdowns a little too heavily. But as a whole, The Harbinger is a very solid record; the heaviness isn't too so overdone that it sounds stale and forced, the melodic additions help flesh out the sound, and most of all, the record is rather tastefully constructed. If anything, you owe it to yourself to at least listen to "The Dawn of Ascendency", but the majority of the album is worth looking into. So go do it. Stick it to The Man.



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Casper1581
June 20th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review.
I also wrote a review on this. We both pretty much have the same idea of the album.

Zip
June 20th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty dense but still great.

InHumanForm
June 21st 2009


316 Comments


this band sucks

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 21st 2009


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty dense but still great.
A bit. It should get better if they keep improving

Infernis
June 21st 2009


398 Comments


I could never get into this band I heard a few tracks from this album and still feel the same. They lack qualities that would make them interesting or stand out...at least, I always thought so. Hope they get better with songwriting though and put out a solid album.

iamtherobots
July 6th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is awesome, but the vocals are SOOO bad.

iamtherobots
July 6th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Erm the vocals are really good, the lyrics, the lyrics!

NatureSaviour
July 9th 2009


8 Comments


Album is decent. Saw them live tuesday night, they surprised the hell out of me. I was expecting some ridiculous statements throughout the set followed by some mediocre preformance...man was i wrong. The brought it hard. Played intense, vocals we surprisingly good too.

jomamarage
July 13th 2009


8 Comments


really miss the low vocals


thekmanes
July 21st 2009


35 Comments


Yea just saw these guys with carnifex and impending doom. i was pleasantly surprised

CustardPlug
July 23rd 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

miss the beastly gurgles, but this band still brings it

south_of_heaven 11
August 2nd 2009


5438 Comments


just listened to the title track...not my style, but surprisingly not bad

IVINDESTROYER
August 5th 2009


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FUCKING GREAT CD A MUST BUY!

thebbqshrimp
August 5th 2009


1207 Comments


Sigh. Hate to say it, IVINDESTROYER, but you're going to be taking a lot of heat for all this insane deathcore love.

Welcome to the site, though!

promiseswept
September 14th 2009


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I strongly suggest a few songs from this album, especially the last song, and corpus imperium. rule by secrecy is decent too. i agree with everyone that says it's not too original, but Molotov does it a lot better than most bands, especially overrated ones like impending doom and even new SS.

reeshespeeshes
July 17th 2010


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spot on review man, I agree with everything you said

MalleusMaleficarum
June 4th 2011


14401 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

guitar tone is meh, vocals aren't good and neither are the breakdowns. considering this band is breakdowncore, i expected better breakdowns. i will now go elsewhere for breakdowns.

Eulogize
June 12th 2011


2969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Lorna-Shore/27685/

There you go Malleus, you may enjoy that.

TheMoreira
April 26th 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album cover remembers me of the game Stalker. About the band, their albums have so many incredible breakdowns, shame they get encumbered by average riffs. Fun fun listens

oresttt
July 12th 2014


984 Comments


still brings teh junz hooray



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