Harakiri for the Sky
III: Trauma


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (190 Reviews)
July 4th, 2016 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world"

“Harakiri”, or “Seppuku” is a form of Japanese ritual suicide; specifically undertaken by disembowelment (or simply: “cutting the belly”). It was practiced by the samurai warriors as either a voluntary act to die with honour rather than fall into the hands of the enemy or consequently, as an act of corporal punishment should a samurai bring shame to himself by committing serious offences. Charming…

Now, suicide by disembowelment would seem like standard topics for your average death metal artist and would even make for some lovely, gruesomely graphic album art but not with Austria’s duo, Harakiri for The Sky. Instead of focusing on the gory details or culture that surrounds the act, singer J.J and multi instrumentalist, M.S. confront the ritual in a more symbolic and delicate way- as if their elevating post black metal cuts the belly of the sky to reveal new soundscapes and diverse atmospheres.

Pain has been a constant theme throughout Harakiri for the Sky’s 5 year career. But as explained above, their approach isn’t as direct as Sweden’s Shining or grisly like Cannibal Corpse; the post metal prolonging actually makes it all the more painful. It’s the slow knife that cuts the deepest. Consequently, the vocals throughout “III: Truama” lie atop a foundation of soaring melodies that evoke an increasingly tormenting mentality. Songs like the stand out ‘Calling the Rain’ are drowned in agonising emotions as J.J. cries out distraught lyrics that echo hurt and suffering: “You were not my closest friend, but the longest-serving/You were my fellow… …or at least you tried/But you died last winter, strung up in the stable/ They found you in the morning, dead as our dreams…”

If Harakiri for the Sky does not immediately grip onto your heart then “III: Truama” may be am endurance test for you. Standing at just over 75 minutes there are nonspecific moments during the album where you’ll feel like the songs repeating themselves, with some exceptions such as the dynamic and heart-rending ‘Dry the River’. Post metal is admittedly all about building emotion to create a sensational climax and repetition does take precedence to achieve this, however the same techniques are applied the same time rather too often here. After listening to a few tracks, the remaining songs start to become predictable. You can tell when the music is going to break down into a tearful melody which then is going to implode after the jarring tremolo and blast beats; such is the case with tracks like ‘The Traces We Leave’ and ‘This Life is a Dagger’.

Injected into the veins of this depressive black metal are moments of resplendence that draw out the oozing grief with textured emotions, but there is always an element of hope to “III: Trauma”-albeit miniscule. ‘Thanatos’ and ‘Funeral Dreams’ features some damning guitar chugs while the hopeful harmonies linger behind yet it’s these positive tones that resonate more clearly throughout the album-once they pierce through the dense and woeful atmospheres-which solidifies the truth that they’re already on their way to filling, at least some of, the shoes that Agalloch left after their disbandment earlier this year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sabrutin
July 5th 2016


5572 Comments


Isn't this supposed to drop on July 22nd?

Dummit
July 6th 2016


372 Comments


Holy shit I completely forgot about this coming out.

Aokigahara was one my biggest spins the last few years.

Gmork89
July 6th 2016


7687 Comments


75 minutes yikes, aokighara was good though so I'll check it out. Good review too pos'd

Hawks
July 6th 2016


58673 Comments


Kinda wanna jam this, but yeah 75 mins....

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teamster
July 7th 2016


2998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You dig this? Check out Anomalie - Refugium

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DarkNoctus
July 26th 2016


10392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening to this now, sounds good so far



reminds me a lot of manetheren

DarkNoctus
July 26th 2016


10392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guys, do not let the fact this is 75 minutes put you off



it's REALLY great

Hawks
July 29th 2016


58673 Comments


I think I'm gonna jam tomorrow at work.

ZippaThaRippa
July 29th 2016


10436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aokigahara is good,

Band is a bunch of weeaboos

Hawks
July 30th 2016


58673 Comments


Ok yeah this absolutely fucking rules.

Sabrutin
July 31st 2016


5572 Comments


Need to check soon.

RexKwonDoCarrey
September 24th 2016


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is beyond epic & everyone should endor the tranquility that is 75 minutes of obscure pleasure.



(get your ears out and here this masterpiece already)

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MarsKid
September 30th 2016


7089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening now, loved the previous album so I have high hopes.

MarsKid
October 1st 2016


7089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid. Dragged on at some bits and felt a bit too long, but enjoyable overall.

frozencarl
December 8th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Funeral dreams is soooo good

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PostMesmeric
December 26th 2016


725 Comments


This is such an awesome record.

MarsKid
December 26th 2016


7089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is good



Just saw Moana and it's overrated shite

Evok
September 12th 2017


7224 Comments


This is good. Very good.

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MarsKid
September 12th 2017


7089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not bad. In all honesty it's probably worn off a bit for me but I'm too lazy to jam right now. If you haven't, check the album before this as well

betray
September 29th 2017


9364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck this rules



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