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One band that has appeared on my Facebook bar a few times now has been a group called Harm. Caving in, I clicked the sponsored link to check out what this group is all about. A Thrash Metal band from Norway, this four-piece had released their debut album Devil back in 2006 after two demo recordings that followed their 1997 formation. Currently, they are signed to Battlegod Productions, and obviously on a mission to have their material heard, as their entire 2011 album, Demonic Alliance, as well as two songs from Devil, are currently on their Bandpage player. Unfortunately, this player makes you “like” a band before you get to hear anything from them, which is absolutely infuriating and enough to make me immediately leave the page. But, I was generous this time around and approved it, and, to be honest, I’m really glad I did this time.

Harm was a lot better than I expected, and having the opportunity to stream Demonic Alliance was a real treat. Much like their monicker, the music played really has an abrasive, hate-filled trait to it that is heavy, as well as infectious. “Eradiction of the Individual” was a little less aggressive, but the hostile atmosphere was still there with heavy riffs that felt non-stop until the breakdown, which only made me head bang along as if the band were pounding it right into the edge of the pavement, then curb stomping it as the guitar solo and rather crushing, deeper passage that follows hit. “New Brutal Vitality” was also a pretty strong offering, though one of the more standard sounding tracks on the recording. Immediately it brought memories of various Hatesphere offerings to mind, holding a bit of a sleak, modern sound to it that the production suits. “Bleeding Rust” was a little less typical. The leads were a bit subtle, but really stuck out against the aggressive twanging of the bass and some of the chugging areas that hit, but the drums were what kept the rhythm alive for me, working with the overall energy to have me bobbing my head along with a smile from ear to ear. And these are just a few of the solid tracks that are streaming from Demonic Alliance, as not one song, aside the less-than-believable introduction track “The Line In Between,” left me bored or wanting to skip past a certain section.

Surprisingly, it was the two songs off 2006’s Devil that stuck out the most. The band’s sound remains the same, but obviously the quality was a little more raw, and it sounded far superior in comparison. The bass is a lot stronger, adding a little more edge and energy, though the vocals were pushed a bit too far back in the mix for my liking. Either way, I found myself banging my head the hardest of all to “Aggression.” The rage that explodes in the song, and some of the two-step style bridges, really just got my blood boiling, and I began to look around the room for a good place to start a random mosh pit while loathing that nobody was nearby to join me in the festivities. The abrupt end signaled the start of “Devil,” another good track, but a whole other beast. There were passages of pounding, brutalizing Thrash Metal and some excellent leads that offered up a bit of melody to the mix that worked out perfectly, but the slower, groovier passages really stuck out in a negative way. While not thatbad, they did kind of cool down the motivation “Aggression” presented me with, even during the more commanding areas that usually followed them.

Harm have definitely made one hell of an impact on me. The hostile, aggressive music, matched with an energetic performance from every member really got my blood pumping. I was pleased to hear the full Demonic Alliance album, as well as taste their previous work, Devil. The player itself held a good forty minutes of solid Thrash Metal that fans of the style should check out. While writing this article, I even wrote some of my Facebook friends, who I knew would get a kick out of this album, and shot over the link to them as well. If you’re looking for something to throw on, definitely head over to their page and give this release a spin. Chances are good you’ll add Demonic Alliance, as well as Devil, to the list of albums you have to have like I just did, and maybe spread the word about a band that should rightfully be talked about among the Metal community.

Harm: Demonic Alliance
Harm (band)Article based on public audio streams provided by Harm.