Harpies - Review
This is our first exposure to this duo and their dark industrial music.
First impressions are often lasting impressions and so it was with what I heard on this album. They present seven original tracks along with seven remixes for a diverse yet dark, heavy hitting electronic sound. Across these seven original tracks we're introduced to Harpies
, as presented in the press release "The world is filled with these creatures. Their fangs ever ready to pierce the flesh to suck the very soul from it's victim. You can hear their scream and dark enchanting whispers every time you close your eyes. You can see them in your nightmares." And so the music brings the supernatural to life.
The dark brooding electronics take center stange from the first moments of the pulsating "Intro" and on through each track. Sometimes the dance friendly beats get the rhythm going while other times it's mainly the mysterious, dark and brooding electronics that create undulating waves to keep the listener moving. With quite a unique sound, from the whispering vocals on "Desperation Mode" to the agonizing vocoded vocals on "Silence" the intensity really comes out across these pieces. With the title track standing out as a definite favorite breaking the mold of regular four-on-the-floor electronic dance music, the intense percussion still drives this piece nicely backing the various layers of electronics and harsh vocals. The aforementioned track "Silence" also builds to an intense climax of driving electronic layers for another favorite piece.
The various remixes lend a diverse take on the different pieces with the Cellhavoc remix
of "Burn Me Alive" being a definite favorite of the remixes and overall for the album, the original for this selection having appeared on a previous album. The upbeat, dance friendly mix and beats create a nice contrast to the dark and heavy vocals and overall structure of this track. Overall we're presented with a diverse set of remixes with everything from the Ironhand
with their remix of "Harpies" bringing on the intensity with heavy synths and pounding martial industrial beats for an entirely different take on this piece, or with Simon Carter
, known for a more trance / techno sound and so coming true-to-form with the remix of "Necessary Evil" coming out kicking. We get quite a variety on the remaining remixes mainly with a heavy edge, not for those with a weak constitution.
Overall this is another great addition to anyone's library of heavy industrial music. And remember... "Harpies are real; and they are everywhere."