01. You Too Can Have Your Own Crank Lab 02. Ripe for Destruction 03. Ad Infinitum 04. Hungry American 05. Blest Be the Retarded 06. On Being Succinct 07. One More Tool in the Shed 08. Numeric Brandings 09. Nine 10. Necessary Deviations2002 Willowtip Records
by Jhonn Thomassen
First off, let me just say that this album takes a long while to get into. It’s not until after at least five or six spins that you even begin to appreciate what Harakiri has to offer, unless you’re an older fan of these guys. But, once things begin to sink in, it just gets better and better. I found that after a few weeks of listening to it off and on, I soon discovered that each time I popped this in, I kept thinking to myself, “Fuck yeah! Metal!” I imagine that if you didn’t like much death metal to begin with, “Twilight of the Idols” might be a tedious listen, but as long as you stick with it, the more this album will stick to you. And while I’ll admit that I’ve never heard of these guys before, I’ve been able to listen to some of their earlier releases, and in comparison, “Twilight of the Idols” is pretty damn solid. This time around, the members seemed to have added more grind elements to their music, shifting away from the more traditional death metal sound. Still present, too, is a slight (and I mean slight) hardcore influence. I’ve also got to mention that this album probably has more false harmonics than both the Red Chord and Bleeding Through combined, i.e. a lot. In terms of comparing Harakiri to some other band, I’m not quite sure if it can be done. To me, I get the feeling that it would be more appropriate to liken them to some grind bands like Benumb and Circle of Dead Children, but since I’m not a death metal connoisseur, I’m not sure how accurate that statement is. Regardless, this record certainly fits under the doom/death metal/grind category, and I’m positive that almost any fan of technical, cohesive metal will enjoy this release. Furthermore, they’re on Willowtip Records (Creation is Crucifixion, Circle of Dead Children), so I don’t think it’s prudent to worry about whether or not this is a worthwhile purchase. Suffice to say, it is. From the opening track “You Too Can Have Your Own Crank Lab” to “Numeric Brandings,” Harakiri delivers super-deep growls, agreeable guitar work, and excellent drumming. The last two tracks break from the norm a bit though, as “Nine” is a short acoustic-sounding guitar piece that sounds like it’s playing off the most dilapidated record player ever, and “Necessary Deviations” is a stand-offish track that is more reminiscent of older Converge than death metal. Bottom Line: “Twilight of the Idols” is a halfway decent record to say the least, and at the most it’s fast and heavy. The songs are short (most under 3 mins.), the music; gut-wrenching. Plus, throw intelligent and thoughtful lyrics into the mix and you got something that’s actually worth listening too. You should probably pick this up if you come across it (I read that the first pressing has already sold out), but only if you think you can tolerate a whole ton of metal.
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