Ark Of The Covenant - Self Harvest

Published Sunday 13th October 2013
Ark Of The Covenant - Self Harvest
Ark Of The Covenant - Self Harvest

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 137861-20512
LABEL: Facedown FCD1282

Reviewed by Oscar Hyde

As this Connecticut metalcore outfit's CD stuttered through a fascinatingly cut-up introduction, I wondered how long it would take before a breakdown appeared. I didn't have long to wait at all: the appetising intro broke straight into a familiar half-time chug-chug. The album as a whole does sport many clichés of the metalcore genre, and that's fine - it's certainly enjoyable to headbang to, and the double-pedal blast-beats that pop up from time to time really are ferocious, and when the guitarists want to be ominous they're genuinely creepy rather than just resorting to a minor key and calling it a day. But that said, I'm not sure I could distinguish any song from any other, nor recall a single riff, with the possible exception of the mildly more melodic "Blind Man" and the concluding piano solo "Famine". The band's most memorable achievement is their lyrics, polemics of righteous anger, featuring lines such as "I never received your first name but I'd love to curse it" and "Lighter fluid comes to mind when you say you live like Christ". It's just a shame that such powerful diatribes didn't have a more imaginative musical framework.

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