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Review: Harlott - Proliferation

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 44:36
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 11, 2015
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

I don't know if it's just because I haven't listened to any straight-up Thrash in a while, but I like this one. Harlott are a relatively fresh act from Australia who thankfully stray from the path of pizza and partying in favor of killing and the riff. If the sounds of Slayer, Exodus, Onslaught and Testament get your blood pumping, then Harlott should leave your veins bulging and pulsating.

You likely won't find anything you haven't heard before here, particularly if you're a connoisseur of the Thrash, but the sheer volume of riffs and intensity in the performances keeps Proliferation ticking over its run time. Andrew Hudson's vocals find the middle ground between Tom Araya and Chuck Billy for a hard-edged bellow that commands the shimmering power chords and brutalizing sixteenth stretches proudly. The overall production is modern and precise, ensuring every note can be heard and felt to clinical effect – maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but fitting for the Harlott sound. Overall, the worst that could be said about Harlott is that originality is lacking, although if you're looking for a solid 45 minutes of headbanging, then these Aussies will wreck your neck.

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