Monday, July 17, 2006

Here Come the Rome Plows


Photo: Mark Beemer

Since Haram feature ex members of Majority Rule, Pg. 99, and the Out_Circuit, expectation for their debut full length was always going to be high. And while their first release for Lovitt Records does not fail to disappoint, it does seem far more steeped in musical heritage of post hardcore that spawned such band as: Circle Takes The Square, Drive Like Jehu and Skull Control. For me at least: it’s a quantum leap forward. The band present an orgy of intricate guitar riffs that are rooted in hardcore and played with such blistering intensity, as to almost make any form of labelling redundant. Almost.

It's fortunate then, that the album has nothing to do with originality ('Scar Chest' is the Drive Like Jehu song that never was. And that's a GOOD thing) and all to do with attack. It never lets up, and word is that their live shows are every bit a chaotic. We'll soon find out of course, as the band are due to embark on a European tour in August which will take them as far an wide as Iceland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and the UK. It might also be worthwhile to mention at this point that the band take their name the Islamic word meaning "immoral and forbidden." Notice I said, worthwhile and not relevant as I haven’t noticed a political stance to their music, and I doubt it will appear to me anytime soon.

Haram - Fade Away

31 Reykjavik ICELAND @Kaffi Hljomalind
AUGUST
2 Copenhagen DK @Ungdomshuset
3 Fredericia DK @HC Festival*
4 Hamburg Ger. @Flora*
5 Bielefeld Ger. @AJZ*
6 Wurzburg Ger. @Cafe Cairo*
7 Vienna Austria @Movimento*
8 Munchen Ger. @Kafe Kult*
9 Saarlouis Ger. @Juz*
10 Geel Bel. @Youth Centre*
11 Brighton UK @Hobgoblin*
12 Leeds UK @Common Place*
13 Nottingham UK @Old Angel* (FLYER, FLYER)
14 Bristol UK @The Junction*
15 London UK @Grosvenor*
16 Edinburgh UK @Subway Cowgate
18 Belfast IR @The Bunker
19 Cork IR @Tikki Lounge
20 Limerick IR @Boat Club
21 Dublin IR @Eamonn Dorans
22 Coventry UK @Jailhouse
23 Caen FR @Bar Laplace
24 Metz FR @Le Tunnel
25 Lyon FR @Sonic
26 Milano Italy @Leonkavallo
27 Italy @TBA
28 Zagreb HR @Club Mochvara
29 Budapest HU @Suess Fel Nap
30 Brno CZ @Yacht Club
31 Prag CZ @007

Haram
Lovitt Records

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