9/10 – Review by Sinmara
Label: Art of Propaganda
Release: 22 July 2016
HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY have been favourites of mine ever since their first (self-titled) Album, released in 2012. 2 years later, in 2014, they released Aokhigahara, which did not quite captivate me as much as as their debut album, but still was exciting as hell and made me very happy. They’ve made themselves a name over the last years with fans of post-black metal, playing tours and gigs throughout Europe – their gig at the Sommersonnwende/Funkenflug 2013 was fantastic.
Well, here’s their new album, III: Trauma – and it’s a corker.
It’s instantly recognisable as an Harakiri For The Sky album due to the distinctive guitar sound of M.S. – who also played all the instruments on the album, like on the previous ones too. He’s also responsible for the songwriting. The vocals are provided by J.J., and they are supported by several other musicians during their live gigs.
Trauma: III is possibly even more dreamier, and yet harsher than their predecessor. At times it reminds of me the earlier albums of Alcest in terms of weaving dreamy guitars with harshness.
The production is crisp and clear, without sounding too polished – there’s enough oomph left for depth. The only criticism I would have is that the drums are mixed a little bit too much in the foreground, they drown the guitar sound out at times.
All 8 songs are fairly long – 9 – 11 minutes long, which leaves each song enough time to develop.
A potential Top-10 album of the year.