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Hark


Published October 6, 2009

Coliseum without the rock. Breach without the crashing sadness. Like a less hectic Breather Resist. A less frantic, slow, riff-heavy Converge. A drunker Hope Conspiracy. A dash of hard hitting sludge. More straight up Botch and Coalesce, Training For Utopia. Oh my mind, why can’t you come up with strong words as opposed to redundant comparisons? These thoughts crept into mind and I’m telling you about it. As you can clearly see HARK evokes some serious mid to late 90s feelings in me, and I applaud that, ‘cause they are certainly the only band locally to do that since Mínus and Klink, and in an international context this type of music is much needed. Honestly.
But don’t go thinking this is some throwback stuff. That’s not it at all. The noise level, groovy riffs, headbangery, complete disregard for pleasantness and the fact this is a trio, firmly puts Hark in a league with the most current of acts. The only thing Hark needs is a touch of uniqueness to cut away from what is currently going on internationally and what came before. Until then, this EP will be in constant rotation because it oozes attitude and self assurance.

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