Harvest – Years of Defiance. Years Of Disgust

For five years Harvest set the pace for hardcore/metal core before separating back in 1999. In that period the band released many eagerly consumed singles and the albums Living With A God Complex and Transitions in 1997 and ’98 respectively. After eleven years 2010 saw vocalist Dave Walker and guitarist Dan Zimmerman re-form Harvest alongside drummer Adam Patterson. They brought in the skills of guitarist Mike Duffy (Endeavor) and bassist Jon Mcaab of (The Good Fight) and on August 2nd will release their EP Years of Defiance. Years Of Disgust on Good Fight Music.

Years of Defiance. Years Of Disgust is a 7” vinyl and digital release consisting of two new tracks ‘Our Legacy’ and ‘Death is Not Enough’, as well as the last track written but unreleased back  in 1999 ‘Torture Inhibition’, plus a new version of ‘Slow Burn’.  The digital package on iTunes includes an extra track in a new version of ‘Conditioned’.

Though the members of Harvest are separated by immense distances vocalist Walker states “We are more than inspired to write the next chapter of HARVEST. We will continue to write, record and play as many shows as we can, despite being in three countries, four cities and all very much involved in our families and careers,” and he adds. “We believe in what we’re doing and couldn’t be more excited to be playing live again!”  Written and recorded in three different cities; Minneapolis, Toronto, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Years of Defiance. Years Of Disgust is a strong starter for their ambition and ability to achieve their aim.  

The notable thing about the release is it is a clear reminder for the genre of its roots and a slap in the face for forgetting the elements that made hardcore essential music. The new songs sit perfectly alongside the reworked older tracks showing a strong consistence which is missing amongst many current bands.

The first track on the release is ‘Our Legacy’ and possibly the best, it’s threatening riffs and incessant grinding groove impressive. The guitars grab hold eagerly whilst the bass and drums kick to the gut creating a perfect blend capped by the raw coarseness of Walker’s voice. He has one of those voices that works for people or not and at times feels strained but certainly it adds to the sound not detracts.  Second of the new songs is ‘Death Is Not Enough’ and though not as instantly inviting as the opener it is as strong. A great throbbing bassline leads the way as the guitars bore into the ear.

Torture Inhibition’ barges in next and there is no drop in levels or sound. This could easily have been written alongside the new songs and not a decade earlier. The music drives hard and is impressive yet again, though to be fair that applies to all the tracks. It rides a good line between hard damaging aggression and eager inviting hooks and melodies, almost teasing with the two elements. ‘Soul Burn’ brings up the rear of the regular release again driving firmly into the ear.

The additional track on the digital release is certainly worth the check as your preferred purchase. ‘Conditioned’ is vibrant and angry and benefits from a new work over and the clear incisive production technology today can give.

Harvest are back and not simply to make up the numbers and their EP Years of Defiance. Years Of Disgust is a statement of intent in the aim of to righting a few wrongs in hardcore as well as passing commentary on the world today.

Pete Ringmaster 12/07/2011

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