Molotov Solution
The Harbinger


3.0
good

Review

by Casper1581 USER (1 Reviews)
June 12th, 2009 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Harbinger does not bring a lot of originality, but is definitely a solid release in its own genre.

After a split album with War from a Harlots Mouth and a self titled album, Molotov Solution brings their second full length with The Harbinger. Released on Metal Blade Records they join the ranks of many modern metal bands like The Red Chord and Whitechapel (and that’s not where the similarity ends). They definitely picked it up a notch since the self titled release. The sound and lyrics are basically still in the same shape as they were, but some riffs sound less generic, the song writing has been improved and the album has an amazing full sound as you would expect from a release from Metal Blade Records. Their general sound consists of their trademark ‘conspiracy theory’ influenced lyrics, death metal riffs and breakdowns. Although this is a formula used by many modern metal bands (except for the lyrics) and criticized by numerous metal fans, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this brand of music can’t have its amount of good bands. With The Harbinger, Molotov Solution can be considered as one of the better deathcore bands.

First off the musicianship is above average. Although this isn’t a technical album that concentrates on off time sections or ultra fast and difficult guitar parts, the riffs and drum fills give out a medium difficulty that makes the album interesting, without taking the predominant role. The Harbinger starts off with ‘Warlords’. The good thing about this song is that it sets the tone for the entire album and shows what to expect, and it’s not bad. The bad thing is that after this song, you won’t get much change for the entire album. This first song also exhibits the fact that the sound of the album is very similar to Whitechapel's. The low open string guitar parts and especially the more melodic open chord sections and breakdowns are in the same style as their colleagues from Metal Blade Records. Molotov Solution does manage to bring some interesting parts to the table, but it’s a shame it doesn’t occur more often. The breakdowns are all heavy and fit very well in some songs (e.g. ‘Rule By Secrecy’), but some songs tend to rely on them too much (e.g. ‘Enslaved’).

The guitar riffs sound great most of the time and manage to create a full on assault on your ears as well as creating a more epic feel. This epic sound is the result of many leads that help to make some good riffs even more interesting and some boring riffs more audible. Except for the breakdowns and the slower open chord parts, this department is based on fast paced death metal riffs and these show the true potential of the guitarists. Another good aspect of the guitar work are the occasional solos. Every time a solo comes in, it’s well placed and the only bad thing about them is that they don’t come around more often. The bass on the other hand basically follows the guitar and doesn’t take a dominant role to say the least. It would be nice to hear the bass even get through in the mix.

The drums are definitely a very important part of the band. The regular variation between fast parts, even faster parts and slow grooves are given a good foundation by the drums. The fills give a great sound to the songs without trying to ‘show off’ and in general make up for some boring parts by giving them some more depth. The vocals are good, but very typical. You can expect the regular low growls and high pitched screaming, many times being mixed in so you can hear both simultaneously. Nonetheless, for the music that The Harbinger delivers it’s definitely not a bad thing.

The lyrics tend to be considered as a very important aspect of Molotov Solution. They are still the same as on their previous releases and fully exist out of anti-government, anti-United States and anti-globalization ideas and ideals. Although most of their fans worship their lyrics, they are definitely not that great. It is indeed nice to hear some original and unusual lyrics for this genre, but they sometimes can be quite juvenile. Politics is not the easiest theme to write something meaningful about, so these lyrics are basically made out of general anti-political rants. The fact that they are so straight forward might take away some much needed depth. However, the lyrical theme is very suitable for the occasional shout out lyrics (e.g. 'The Awakening').

In general this album delivers some nice deathcore songs. The positive things about this release are the guitar solos, faster riffs and the well performed drum lines and fills. Some of the breakdowns are definitely very good and heavy, but maybe for future releases it would be better to only include the really good breakdowns and leave out all those lesser ones which just fill up the songs. The vocals are decent, but nothing special. The negative things are the sometimes generic riffs and the fact that the album isn’t very original. Recommended songs are: ‘Rule By Secrecy’, ‘Corpus Imperium’ and ‘The Harbinger’. This album is not a bad deathcore release to say the least, and will especially be appreciated by fans of Whitechapel and Impending Doom.


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Casper1581
June 12th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review, so feel free to give your opinion. I don't originaly speak English, so I hope I didn't make big mistakes.

asaf
June 12th 2009


941 Comments


glad to see someone reviewed this. did you actually get a copy of this album? no best buy in the country carries it (i put every zipcode from 32246 to 90210 and it doesnt exist), nor does an fye, cd connection, vinyl fever, or hot topic. what is the point of getting signed to a major label if there is zero distribution? if you have to order it to get it, they might as well fly solo and produce this themselves like self-published authors. good review. i agree. btw, this does not sound like impending doom. they are hardly a musical contribution to any scene/genre/music in general. this is more along the lines of burnt by the sun meets new cryptopsy.

Casper1581
June 12th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's true they aren't really similar to Impending Doom, but I think definitely there is some kind of connection. Probably most people who like Impending Doom, will be interested in the Molotov Solution sound. Besides I think the Cryptopsy doesn't really fits the description either. The best band to describe MS is Whitechapel, because at a lot of points they really sound alike. I put Impending Doom on there because I forgot to put some similar bands and when I wrote Whitechapel, for some reason I thought of Impending Doom

Zip
June 12th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was pretty great.

cvlts
June 12th 2009


9480 Comments


Wow man, good first review

Casper1581
June 12th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks!

combustion07
June 12th 2009


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album bored me, but its cool in small doses I guess.

KYZAR
June 12th 2009


513 Comments


def not original like u said but decent

RAGE12
June 13th 2009


27 Comments


I agree with asaf with whats the point of signing a band if your not gonna put the record on the shelves. Just like what metal blade did with Rose Funeral. While Century Media and Sumerian gets the bands name out at least and i always find the records at stores like Fye and Best Buy like the week the cd comes out.

MTTS
June 13th 2009


69 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Enjoyable to a degree, but I had a hard time just sitting through it all. I could groove to it on like a mix list, just not an all day kind of cd.

DonTheReader
June 15th 2009


121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I've heard one track off of the cd and it was pretty good. Definitely gonna check this out

IWhisperedSilence
June 16th 2009


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hella improvement from their self-titled album. Warlords is an epic song.

combustion07
June 18th 2009


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to this a second time and it seems better than average, just have to be in the mood for this I guess.

Xplisit
June 21st 2009


1646 Comments


this is their best release?

i only have the split with War from a Harlots Mouth

Casper1581
June 22nd 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this album is their best so far.

ZenIsNotChosen
September 12th 2009


94 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is boring.

MCalle451
September 15th 2009


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes, the harbinger is their best album out as of now. they have progress since their self titled album. people may call this generic but we can all agree that it is heavy as hell.

Zip
September 15th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Idk about you guys but the last track rocks me

Shattered
October 7th 2009


44 Comments


your boring


AfterTheBreakdown
August 1st 2011


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm gonna check this out later.



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