3. Harlott -Proliferation
Must hear track: “Systematic Reduction”; the greatest, most ferocious, 1min 35secs of thrash you’ll find all year!
Holy fucking thrash! The second album from Australia’s Harlott was a welcome kick to the throat when it rampaged across the globe back in April. Harnessing the aggression and no bullshit nature of classic Slayer, Razor, Morbid Saint and Dark Angel, this kind of thrash album in 2015 was a rare beast indeed.
Disregarding virtually all notions of melody for a no-nonsese approach, Harlott are tighter than a nun’s chuff and warp speed thrashing – performed with simply outstanding technical proficiency – was the order of the day.
While Australia has been known to produce some quality thrash bands ever the years (Mortal Sin, Hobb’s Angel Of Death & Mortification spring immediately to mind), Harlott are a new breed of thrashers altogether. With the bit clenched firmly between their bared teeth, this unrelentingly vicious excursion into classic heads-down thrashing never lets up, never gives in and never takes a breather. In other words, thrash how it’s meant to be played!
“Restless” accurately sums up the agitated and edgy feel of Proliferation. Each track pushes harder than the last and when “Cross Contamination” kicks in you’re left grinning inanely at the superhuman delivery of frontman Andrew Hudson. Threatening to veer into death metal levels of speed at any moment, it’s the riffs of “Legion” that resemble the bastard son of thrash the most, particularly recalling the work of early Deicide; perhaps that explains the song title?!
This is a band to keep an eye on. Slayer reborn!