Harbour Sharks harmonise gritty djent guitar lines with Post-Hardcore vocal melodies in such a way that delivers the listener the best of both world of Punk and Metal. A History of Violence is a great debut release, from its showcase of musical ability and song writing to its production.
The London based three piece tantalise the listener with a broad spectrum of alternative music. From the records punchy beginnings, which nod to bands such as A Day to Remember and Chunk! No Captain Chunk! It progresses towards softer and slower melodies, complemented with attentive guitar riffs, capitalising on the bands ability for songs reminiscent of Pop-Punk bands like New Found Glory and Neck Deep.
A History of Violence is in no way short of its humbling metal inspired breakdowns however, making it a perfect listen for any kind of fan, most notably the title track. Which descends into a head banging, pit destructive fiasco, both guitarist and drummer exulting in a crescendo of musical prowess.
'Vulva' although short at fifty seconds, is a perfect mash of Punk and Metal, placing Harbour Sharks on the mantle labelled Post-Hardcore. However, what sets them apart from the crowd is the sheer talent they possess. Let alone only having three members. Tracks like ‘Swing Away Merrill’ and ‘Shatter’ being perfect examples where the band mix instrumental integrity and mesmerising melodic components with excellent lyricism.
The band do not take too much in the way of liberty with their time frame and it’s an impressive debut, however, it’s nothing new after the halfway point. It is of course only something to improve upon and is miles away from the average band in terms of its skill and projected potential. The next release should showcase more versatility, openly differing riffs and no songs that rely heavily on other members to carry the songs particularly the vocalist. Although, this could be a handicap of having three members, understandably.
A History of Violence is an album that shows what the up and coming Post-Hardcore scene is made of in the UK. From its Pop-Punk overtones and choruses to its Hard-core rhythm guitar lines it is an enjoyable listen for any fan of either genre, and it's a real call for all bands to be producing this kind of quality at the debut stage.