Harm's Way
Isolation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nu Metal USER (27 Reviews)
July 4th, 2011 | 59 replies | 15,698 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Look at the artwork of this album. You see the rat, you see the hand coming from the cloud grabbing and crushing the rat. As you listen to Isolation, you realize that you yourself are the rat and Harm's Way is the cloud and hand that grabs you. You are the subject of an album delivering a ferocious and raw sound that if it were only physical, it would tear you to shreds. If you didn't get the memo, this album is heavy. Assumptions aside, you most likely know how it goes from there when it comes to hardcore: there are the many bands who make feeble attempts to be heavy and then there are the few who do it successfully. Beyond reasonable doubt, you can put Harm's Way in the category mentioned second. Although they use breakdowns and relentless chugging, it is obvious that from the start, Harm's Way know that requires much more than those attributes to create an album that is heavy and simultaneously engaging.

The leading force behind Harm's Way is the infuriated vocal demeanor of lead singer “Judge Hammers” Ferocious in every definition, Hammers is able to alter his intonation to accompany the slow, relentless grooves of “Scrambled,” and the searing speed of “Timing” just the same. His vocal capability becomes more and more apparent as the album progresses, and he’s even able to keep the flow of the album going and still maintain it's freshness and savory without allowing the songs or album as a whole to becoming stagnant and unpalatable. Though mostly audible, a lyrics sheet would become useful at some points.

From the first ominous drum pattern on "Scrambled" to the last medley of spaced out blast beats on the closer "Pretender," the album shows as much a display in power as it shows a display in restraint. While they do push the heavy envelope and unrelenting side of this album to the farthest limit, they also know where to relent on it a bit, and let slow, strong riffs show under the demanding authority of Hammer's vocals. What was just mentioned is a great example of each part of their songwriting cooperating together. The Hardcore riffs that begin the song give way to a much harsher tone towards the end, which makes the transition between both sections in “Pretender” is smooth and flawless. “Breeding Grounds” shows cooperation too with pounding chord progressions and just enough of an unrelenting rhythm section to keep all of it check, all of which serves as a lead-in to the devastating closing breakdown in the song that gives it an incredibly strong finish. The execution of this album is done so well and is then so seamlessly delivered that it becomes almost devoid of complaints.

With such a devastating release such as “Isolation” it is quite obvious that Harm's Way is here to stay. A steady mix of Metal and Hardcore, these guys from Chicago lead a pulverizing and unforgiving 32-minutes that will most certainly make the band become a household name in many hardcore communities everywhere.



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EyeForAnEye
July 5th 2011



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Happy Fourth, thought I drop a review for this mother of an album.

liledman
July 5th 2011



3817 Comments


havent heard much of these guys recent material but i heard it was a change in style... might check it out.

EyeForAnEye
July 5th 2011



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, a definitely change for the better. Blows the rest of their discography out of the water.

rasputin
July 5th 2011



14504 Comments


didn't know this had leaked

just for your information, harm's way's earlier stuff was far better than what they've been making recently. they went from a powerviolence-influenced hardcore band to a bro mosh band. luckily they're actually good musicians and their vocalist rules, so i still like them

EyeForAnEye
July 5th 2011



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all opinion. Never been big into powerviolence personally. And yeah, I've never been into brocore either but this strikes me.

Their Vocalist is a fucking tank.

rasputin
July 5th 2011



14504 Comments


imprisoned is by far their best release. no gods no masters was better than the first LP because it didnt drag.

will listen to this in a bit and see how it is

cvlts
July 5th 2011



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

these guys were never really an quality powerviolence band

this new sound suits them better

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

rasputin
July 5th 2011



14504 Comments


yeah they were

cvlts
July 5th 2011



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

not really

either way, still sounds mean as fuck

rasputin
July 5th 2011



14504 Comments


yeah really

cvlts
July 5th 2011



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh okay

rasputin
July 5th 2011



14504 Comments


listening to this now

zzz

Kris.
July 7th 2011



11331 Comments


vocalist is terrifying as fuck looking

i mean shit

dansxdead
July 29th 2011



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing them on Saturday with Foundation and Rotting Out, pretty stoked, also this album is killer. This is their best one.

EyeForAnEye
August 3rd 2011



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dan, don't you mean Friday?

I saw them with Rotting Out, Foundation, and Shipwreck on Friday at Anchors Up.

dansxdead
August 3rd 2011



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, they played Wilkes Baree Redwood Art Space on July 30th, and it was fucking insane.

Rev
August 3rd 2011



9291 Comments


I need to check this out. like 5 people on my tumblr love this band

EyeForAnEye
August 3rd 2011



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Checkout Weekend Nachos too.

BallsToTheWall
August 6th 2011



44164 Comments


Damn this is pretty good.

Relinquished
August 6th 2011



22322 Comments


awesome fucking show, balls you missed it



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