HAREM SCAREM

Hard Rock • Canada
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Harem Scarem is a Rock band hailing from Ontario, Canada, formed in 1987. They renamed themselves Rubber in 1999 and released two albums under that name. In 2001, they went back to the Harem Scarem name. In the Summer of 2007 they announced they "will officially break-up after one more studio album."

Members

* Harry Hess (vocals/keys/guitar) * Pete Lesperance (guitar/vocals) * Barry Donaghy (vocals/bass) * Creighton Doane (drums)
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HAREM SCAREM Harem Scarem album cover 4.70 | 7 ratings
Harem Scarem
Hard Rock 1991
HAREM SCAREM Mood Swings album cover 4.39 | 6 ratings
Mood Swings
Hard Rock 1993
HAREM SCAREM Voice Of Reason album cover 3.56 | 4 ratings
Voice Of Reason
Hard Rock 1995
HAREM SCAREM Karma Cleansing album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
Karma Cleansing
Hard Rock 1997
HAREM SCAREM Big Bang Theory album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
Big Bang Theory
Hard Rock 1998
HAREM SCAREM Rubber album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Rubber
Hard Rock 1999
HAREM SCAREM Ultra Feel album cover 3.57 | 3 ratings
Ultra Feel
Hard Rock 2001
HAREM SCAREM Weight Of The World album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Weight Of The World
Hard Rock 2002
HAREM SCAREM Higher album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Higher
Hard Rock 2003
HAREM SCAREM Overload album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Overload
Hard Rock 2005
HAREM SCAREM Human Nature album cover 2.38 | 4 ratings
Human Nature
Hard Rock 2006
HAREM SCAREM Hope album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Hope
Hard Rock 2008
HAREM SCAREM Mood Swings II album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Mood Swings II
Hard Rock 2013
HAREM SCAREM Thirteen album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Thirteen
Hard Rock 2014

HAREM SCAREM EPs & splits

HAREM SCAREM Acoustic Sessions album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Acoustic Sessions
Hard Rock 1991
HAREM SCAREM Live And Acoustic album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Live And Acoustic
Hard Rock 1994
HAREM SCAREM Melodic Rock EP album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Melodic Rock EP
Hard Rock 2008

HAREM SCAREM live albums

HAREM SCAREM Live In Japan album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Japan
Hard Rock 1996
HAREM SCAREM Live At The Siren album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Siren
Hard Rock 1998
HAREM SCAREM Last Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Last Live
Hard Rock 2000
HAREM SCAREM Live At The Gods album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Gods
Hard Rock 2002
HAREM SCAREM Raw & Rare album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Raw & Rare
Hard Rock 2008

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HAREM SCAREM re-issues & compilations

HAREM SCAREM B-Side Collection album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
B-Side Collection
Hard Rock 1998
HAREM SCAREM The Early Years album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Early Years
Hard Rock 2003

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HAREM SCAREM Mood Swings

Album · 1993 · Hard Rock
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It's more mature than "New Jersey" by Bon Jovi. It's got more power than White Lion but it's not bad boy like "Whitesnake" or "Slip of the Tongue" by Whitesnake. At times, it has the fun and vocal feel of Sammy Hagar Van Halen but is usually more serious like White Wolf. Then there's that great guitar playing of 1987-1992 glam metal / hard rock, which reminds me of "III Sides to Every Story" by Extreme. Pete Lesperance has picked up some of the best guitar licks from those years and created some excellent guitar tracks, both riff and lead, for this album.

"Mood Swings" is the second official release by melodic hard rockers Harem Scarem. The first two tracks "Saviors Never Cry" and "No Justice" deliver the best of the band's hard and heavy guitar rock with powerhouse vocals. Whether it's Harry Hess' vein-bursting, rough-edged power vocals or the chorus vocals with the full band, the vocal department fully keeps up with the guitar and the solid rhythm section. Though I became disenchanted with this style of production, which I claimed was over-produced loudness, in the late eighties, the production on this 1992 release makes the music work as it is. Someone learned something in the early nineties.

Curiously, when I first heard this album, I was at times reminded of early Dream Theater, which incorporated a lot of melodic glam metal vocal melodies. If DT had dropped the prog side the music might have shown some similarities. Or if Harem Scarem had gone prog!

Well, I mentioned the first two songs but the whole album is a ride of heavy rockin' guitar with some great licks and strong melodies. The band sometimes leans more to the grittier side but swings back to melodic choruses. Two tracks that are different from the rest of the album are the short instrumental "Mandy" which features Lesperance's melodic lead guitar abilities and "Just Like I Planned" which is an a Capella track. The latter I feel loses some of what it promises due to the loud production. They could have eased back a bit and brought out the vocal harmonies better. It's also worthy of mentioning "Jealousy" because they go for that clean bluesy guitar sound like on late Stevie Ray Vaughn albums but don't go blues. Hess proves to have such a strong voice that it's possible to imagine him singing soul funk or contemporary blues.

I'll admit this is an album to listen to when you're in the mood. I held off on reviewing it for weeks but today it just sounds right. For fans of this style, it's easily four stars. Great musicians and vocals, powerful and melodic music, a band that really has it together.

HAREM SCAREM Voice Of Reason

Album · 1995 · Hard Rock
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Stephen
After the first two monster albums, HAREM SCAREM did an extremely risky experiment with 'Voice of Reason'. Combining the grungy era of 1995 with symphonic element of QUEEN and dark-oriented hard rock riffage, the result is a very contradictive output than the earlier records that alienates many melodic rock fans. To me personally, this is among my least-fave albums but not necessarily bad by any means.

I rarely pull this out of the shelf for some spins because the inconsistency of songs quality and you're required to have a certain mood to really enjoy the whole album. There are many better songs in the first half than the second with the most notably goodies here are the mid-tempo ballad of 'Blue' and 'Let It Go'; the psychedelic tune with superb solos of 'Warming A Frozen Rose'; and 'Breathing Sand' with a struggling verse but splendid chorus.

On the second half, 'Candle' is great but I like the acoustical version better, which was featured as a bonus track in the Japanese release. 'Necessary Evil' is also nice, but tracks like 'The Paint Thins', 'I'll Be Brief', or the catastrophic 'Untouched' are quite awful. Pick up those great songs and combine it with their 'Live and Acoustic EP', and they possibly can have an awesome third release.

Measuring this album with those upper songs and the passable fillers, I arrived at 70%. Still a good album by a high-quality band, but not a good pick for starter though.

HAREM SCAREM Harem Scarem

Album · 1991 · Hard Rock
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Stephen
The Toronto-based melodic rock act was formed in 1987 by Pete Lesperance and Harold Hess and not long did I found out that the band name they've been using was derived from the 1939 Bugs Bunny cartoon prototype, Hare-um Scare-um. What makes these guys extremely interesting is that they were out against the world in 1991 when grunge started spreading like a disease by delivering a pompous harmonic rock style which hardly acceptable by mainstream masses back then. Failed to grab attention in the land of America, Harem Scarem was considered successful in their home country and surprisingly gained many cult followers in Japan. This debut raised the flag high and became one of their highly-praised release along with the follow-up, "Mood Swings".

The whole concept of this album is a glorious midtempo rock with an immense harmonic vocals and sentimental guitar touch. "Hard To Love" began the set with a strong uplifting melody and undeniably awesome chorus. "Distant Memory" slows down a bit but the magical tones of the whole song is breathtakingly beautiful. "With A Little Love" and "How Long" shared a same fascinating formula but each song has its own highlight and brilliant moment. "Slowly Slipping Away" scored a major hit in the Canadian chart when it was released, featuring a versatile delivery drown deep inside a superb composition. "Honestly" is an expressive ballad, flowing with a silky voice and untainted emotion-stirring notes. This is simply one of their masterwork that have stood the test of time. "Something To Say" closed the album with an enchanting acoustical passage driven by Hess' griefing vocal, singing a sad serenade "i try to read between the lines, but all I see is the end".

Harem Scarem's self-titled record casted a delightful AOR from start to finish without leaving you with any trace of disappointment at all, and it's even better to get the Japanese version as the three acoustical rendition of their songs are taking the excitement level one step higher. No doubt this album is a sweet sensation with a string of flawless songs, a must-buy!

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