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Internal Punishment Programs
Released: 2004, Candlelight
One of the most underrated and under appreciated Norwegian acts that I can think of, Red Harvest have consistently fucked minds and reaped souls with their darker than black, industrialized electro-metal. Although I only discovered them via their 2000 release, COLD DARK MATTER (alongside many others, I assume, given that their early material is difficult to come by…reissue, anyone?), the band has been kicking around since the early 90s.
INTERNAL PUNISHMENT PROGRAMS is their latest, and continues the band’s tradition of marrying subsonic rhythms and down tuned riffing with a Black Metal aesthetic to stunning effect. Although this album contains a bit more of a Death Metal influence than the last couple of records, the atmosphere is still pitch dark, and the vibe pure horror.
What’s unique about Red Harvest is their ability to cross pollinate from so many sources, yet still remain uncategorizable as simply “Red Harvest Music”. Very few bands are able to achieve this inimitable style, Japan’s Sigh and fellow Norsemen Arcturus only being the few that come to mind. Red Harvest go beyond the Ministry/Manson styled Industrial Metal archetype and push the genre forward as far as it can go, and then some.
It’s truly a shame that the band isn’t more popular than they are, as I can really see the band appealing to fans of music as disparate as Skinny Puppy and Laibach, in addition to the Extreme Metal audience who is more likely to embrace them. I can only hope that INTERNAL PUNISHMENT PROGRAMS serves as the record which will launch the band to bigger and better things.
A talent that can no longer be kept unchecked, Red Harvest is one name you need to make yourself aware of.
1. Anatomy of the Unknown
2. Fall of Fate
3. Abstract Morality Junction
6. Synthesize My DNA
9. Internal Punishment Programs
Lrz.-samples, programming, synth
Ofu Kahn-guitars, vocals, maximum brutallicus
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