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Released: 2008, Lifeforce Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Harlots started out in Ohio in 2002 and have since toured a lot and released two albums and one online EP that got great reviews from the underground community. BETRAYER is the follow-up to 2006’s THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH and they have since inked a new deal with Lifeforce Records. If you’re familiar with that label then you probably know what artists and music they represent. Harlot’s music is a mix of death metal and hardcore that ends up sounding like some kind of fusion and experimental music that ends up doing nothing. The singer goes between singing death metal vocals and growls in a very strange mix. The music is technical and complex, but that doesn’t mean the music is great.
The band’s weakest link is the lead singer Christian Fillippo and despite many attempts to like or even to bear it, I can’t. Different doesn’t mean unique and at the end of the day BETRAYER isn’t much to get excited about. The album only clocks in at 45 minutes, but it feels much longer and all of the different musical styles the band mixes make the music very unfocused and inconsistent. The band forgot to add melodies and that makes BETRAYER a crazy mix of a strange fusion genre that I hate.
Even though I’m normally a fan of extreme metal this is way out of my league. BETRAYER is for those who want a mental challenge, but the rest of you who don’t want your heads to be messed up should avoid the album.
1. The Weight Unweighable
2. Avada Kedavra
3. Full Body Contortion
4. Dried Up Goliathan
5. Building an Empire towards Destruction
6. Consensus for the Locus Of Thought
7. This Is a Test, No Flesh Should Be Spared
8. The Concept of Existence
9. Suicide Medley
Christian Fillippo – lead vocals
Eric Dunn – guitar
Joshua Dillon – bass
Jeff Lohrber – drums
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