The Frozen Autumn
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The Devil & The Universe
Live at Neues Gewandhaus Leipzig
In The Nursery
Mono No Aware
Dead When I Found Her
-Harm´s Way (Re-Release)
Dead When I Found Her
"HarmÂ´s Way (Re-Release)"
Dead When I Found Her from Portland, Oregon is among the latter category. While their debut album HarmÂ’s Way is by no means a perfect record, the complexity of the compositions and the intricacy of the instrumentation is absolutely impressive, as well as refreshing. Released on the Artoffact label, HarmÂ’s Way is an amalgam of old-school and modern electronic styles. While the influences of bands like Skinny Puppy and Mentallo & The Fixer are clearly present, sole member Michael Arthur Holloway brings a certain vision and pop sensibility to the music that is all his own. Tracks like the electronic dance of Â“Second SightÂ” are pummeling in their own right but when combined with understated vocals and lyrics produce a subtly aggressive song that will keep you coming back for more. Â“Fixer FixedÂ” is another keynote track, with this song taking a more guitar-oriented approach. Â“Fixer FixedÂ” begins somewhat discordantly but progressively increases in intensity until it reaches its climax toward the very end of the song.
Another pleasant aspect of HarmÂ’s Way is the considerable lack of vocal processing. Holloway has a great voice and he doesnÂ’t make the mistake of burying it in pointless distortion. Lyrically, each song is beautifully written and Holloway doesnÂ’t rely on the typical verse/chorus/verse approach that universally plagues music. Each track becomes a story, as opposed to the amateurish anthems youÂ’ll find on a KMFDM or Combichrist record. On the negative side, HarmÂ’s Way begins to lose momentum about two-thirds of the way through and ends on a somewhat unmemorable note. While none of these songs could be described as poor, they do lack the charisma and charm of the songs that comprise the first portion of the record.
Overall, HarmÂ’s Way is a fantastic record, especially for a debut release. One could bet that the bandÂ’s next release will make a serious splash, and this release is recommended for any fan of late Â’80s to late Â’90s industrial music.
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