HARKONIN
Black Metal • United States

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With the release of their third studio album "Ghanima", St. Louis, Missouri's Harkonin (est. 2001) have taken genre-bending extreme metal to a new level. Proud to wear their formative influences on their collective sleeve, Harkonin successfully bend Black Metal, Death Metal, and Thrash to their will. Building on the success of their critically acclaimed 2005 release "Sermons Of Anguish", Harkonin have taken all the anger therein and added a tight focus on songwriting, producing songs like the relentless "Nocturnal Rebirth", the hammering stab at betrayal "Lost Cause", and the nine-minute Viking epic "Sons Of War". Taking more than three months to record & mix, "Ghanima" is rife with what has become trademark Harkonin riffery coupled with a larger-than-life sound. "Ghanima"-era Harkonin is making a statement that anyone who listens won't soon forget.

Harkonin comprises of Clayton Gore, Tom Quach, Matt Coyle and Jason Barron
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Seductress of the Unlight
Black Metal 2003
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Sermons of Anguish
Black Metal 2005
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Ghanima
Black Metal 2006
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Detest
Black Metal 2010

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Live at the Pit
Black Metal 2004

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Harkonin Promo 2002
Black Metal 2002

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HARKONIN Detest

Album · 2010 · Black Metal
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Labelling Harkonin’s fourth release Detest as mere black metal doesn’t really do justice. Instead, a more fitting term would be something like technical death / black metal in the vein of The Legion: continously wandering music in different tempos with little surprises, vocals ranging from high-pitched screams to low growls, and an always prevalent malicious atmosphere, though Harkonin does implement more melody to their music, ”Chaos Anthem” being a good example among others.

In general, Detest does its job successfully: it grabs your attention well enough and the production is pretty top-notch. But when I start to search for features that would make Detest above any other album in this field, and when I realize the album runs for over an hour, I am not so convinced anymore.

For sure, Harkonin comprises professional musicians, everything is executed with tight precision, sounding evil and strong, but the same time I would have loved to hear something more daring, something that would’ve made Detest sound slightly different from all the rest. After all, we’re not dealing with any superb riffs and melodies here, everything is compositionally on the average line, perhaps slightly above the usual standard of modern metal. A song like ”Insurrection” is a real treat to ears and makes me wish the rest of the album was made with same energy.

Remembering the long running time and the challening technical elements, Detest requires many listens, and perhaps if I had listened to this a few times more before reviewing (I think I’m on my third or fourth run right now), my rating would have gone slightly up, so keep that in mind when viewing my score. Recommendable for fans of death/black mixtures with modern technicality therein.

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