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Modern thrash perfection! - 100%

Chris Jennings, August 3rd, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Metal Blade Records (Bandcamp)

This review is as short and as deservedly sweet as Harlott’s latest album.

With Extinction, Australian’s number one thrash act have just entered the thrash big leagues. This blistering effort is frankly effortless, conjuring images of thrash’s glorious past with each measured assault and offering up enough variations on Slayer’s blueprint to keep attention focused directly on them and neck muscles strained to breaking point!

This beast is relentless (and ironically more so than Slayer’s latest) and stands shoulder to shoulder with anything released and lauded in the last decade. “Extinction”, “Parasite”, “The Penitent”, “Violent Conspirator” and the deliciously experimental “And Darkness Brings the Light” are all killer, drawing on the defining work of Exodus and the aforementioned Slayer and yet fashioning something, new, fresh and exciting from each and every pummelling riff.

So, this year has already thrashed hard with the likes of Jenner, Warbringer, Havok, Kreator, Overkill, Power Trip, Holycide, Sepultura (still kinda thrash) and Terrifier unleashing outstanding levels of thrash in all it’s guises but Harlott have delivered an extinction level event in the thrash world.

To put it bluntly, all other modern thrash bands face total annihilation in Harlott’s wake because Extinction is absolute modern thrash perfection; nothing more, nothing less.

Originally published on worshipmetal.com

Death to all the whores - 98%

slayrrr666, June 11th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Metal Blade Records (Digipak)

Drawing from their storied history, Australian thrashers Harlott have emphasized the 80's Bay Area thrash scene and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up-tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos and the human condition. Bringing new guitarist Jake Weber onboard, the groups’ third full-length effort was released April 7, 2017 on Metal Blade Records.

Offering their strong, raging sound to it’s fullest, there’s not a whole lot to dislike here as the band brings their full-throttle attack to its fiery best. Based mainly on a churning, driving series of riffing that brings out plenty of utterly ferocious rhythms here, this ends up diving and bombing into galloping territory which bringing out the fullest intensity in these rhythms. Playing most of these tracks are dynamic speed-drenched numbers complete with crunchy patterns, a thunderous rhythm section and a truly intense drive to crush forward with the oppressive riff-work featured here as the need for the fastest, most ferocious riffing possible carries this one for the most part here. When this one drops off that intensity for melody there’s still plenty of ferocious rhythms around this blistering attack that it really manages to hold itself quite nicely here as the deeper churning patterns allows this to feature plenty of blistering sections while managing to sound close enough to their general sound without being recognizably off from the general attack. There is a case to be said here about the album being somewhat overlong with a few too many tracks here which make it feel somewhat like a slough in the second half to plow through even more of the same general attacks over and over again. It works nicely but trim this by a song or two and it would improve significantly.

An utterly impressive and near-flawless release, this is a truly ferocious and fiery retro thrash offering that covers the gamut of the old-school thrash scene in fine form which makes this one of the standout groups in the scene and an easy choice for fans of their past works or the style in general.