Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Harpoon - "Deception Among Birds" (2011) [Seventh Rule Recordings]
Since I last heard Harpoon, they've really grown into something special. The drum computer is still there, but musically they have grown exponentially. Though Harpoon is still undeniably a hardcore, or, dare I say, post-hardcore band, Deception Among Birds shows these three bringing elements of all sorts of metal, noise and progressive rock, and brilliantly composed melodic sections to create something that is both "heady" and intriguing as it is an enjoyable and fun listen. Yes, as I've said a few times so far, Harpoon still utilizes a drum computer, but there is a definite sense of thoughtful composition and finesse in how the drum tracks were put together, taking in various rhythmic factors between the guitars, bass, and voice, to add a distinct, powerful amount of metric intrigue overall. Bizarre enough to keep interest, but heavy and familiar enough to please any hardcore fan.
Deception Among Birds is a not-so-gentle reminder that there are still new things musicians can do with hardcore. Harpoon has definitely delivered with this album, bringing along with their own brand of heavy, catchy hardcore that bounces around just enough to make this reviewer want to listen to it over and over and over again. Be sure to order this CD directly from Seventh Rule for an absolutely dirt-cheap price - I know I will.