When the vocalist is diagnosed with having volatile paranoia, things can get interesting. Self-styled â€œApocalyptic Industrial Cyber Metalâ€, Norway’s Red Harvest are neck deep in the Man VS. Machine concept with their latest, A Greater Darkness.
While the album boldly displays the flag typical of industrial metal, there are very strong elements that point towards the melodic melancholy of Neurosis. Examples of this can be heard in the tracks â€œHole in Meâ€ and â€œDistorted Eyesâ€. On tracks such as â€œDead Citiesâ€, what’s also noticeable are some fairly evil progressions that recall thoughts of Darkthrone (which is not too surprising, as Lrz (keyboards/samples) created the intro and outro for their song “Hate Themâ€).
This isn’t to say that they are all-out industrial metal or another Godflesh band. â€œBeyond the Limits of Physical Experienceâ€ explores a more ambient darkwave sound, though some of the synth sounds used on the track threaten to date the track to the early nineties. â€œWar Themesâ€ breaks out a little drum â€˜n’ bass, while â€œProprioceptionâ€ almost leans towards a ‘nuskool’ gabber sound, slowed down to an ethereal quality.
Red Harvest have been a hidden gem of sorts since 1989, despite having a number of critically-acclaimed albums, being nominated for a Norwegian Grammy award, and having toured with Type O Negative, Cradle of Filth, and Mayhem. A Greater Darkness shows their seasoned veteranship.
Website: Red Harvest