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Harshrealm - [Fahrenheit / Vers la Flamme] –Integrated–Harshrealm
Category: Electro / Rock
Album: [Fahrenheit / Vers la Flamme] –Integrated–
Stars: 4
Blurb: Offering a new take on the band’s previous EP, this latest from the Japanese electro/rock act is a marvelously satisfying adventure.


 

While the wait for a new Harshrealm album continues, the Japanese electro/rock group certainly knows how to keep the audience on the edge of its seat with anticipation. In 2012, the band released the [Fahrenheit / Vers la Flamme] EP, featuring seven songs that showcased a somewhat newer, more electrified and less guitar-heavy sound, emphasizing Harshrealm’s penchant for lush and densely layered atmospheres and irresistibly catchy dance hooks. With [Fahrenheit / Vers la Flamme] –Integrated–, we are given a new take on those songs, each offering a different perspective that is no less enticing and no less dreamy.

This –Integrated– version of the EP could easily be labeled a simple remix release, although the songs retain a straightforward punch and power that indicates the material more to be works in a constant state of evolution and development. For example, “Everything You Have Said” is essentially the same as the original version, yet somehow feels tighter in its arrangement and richer in tone, while the Preformatted version of “LaHaR” removes the glitch-laden vocals and allows the listener to focus on the energetic textures of chunky guitars, pulsating beats, and incendiary keyboards. While still a ballad, “Fahrenheit” is strangely more engaging than its predecessor with a bouncier arrangement of its synthesized harmonies and a more prevalent percussive structure that is sure to have listeners unable to sit still for very long. “Strain” and its accompanying remix are as frantic as the original with their full throttle rhythms and interplay of manipulated vocals and searing synth leads, while the new versions of the effervescent piano interlude of “Reply” and the stylized raver of “DALI was the Punk” play with much the same intensity as their original counterparts, making great companion pieces.

When paired with the original [Fahrenheit / Vers la Flamme], the –Integrated– version adds quite nicely to the range of sounds and moods across these seven tracks to create a double EP of rather beautiful harmonies and arresting electronica. Though some might be perturbed by Harshrealm’s diminished use of guitars on this release, the pronounced use of electronics and the continually masterful production is not lacking in the same kind of power as the most ebullient rock & roll acts. Still adventurous and with some pristine songwriting to boot, Harshrealm remains a force to be reckoned with.
 
Track list:

  1. Note
  2. Everything You Have Said
  3. Strain
  4. LaHaR (Preformatted)
  5. Reply
  6. Fahrenheit
  7. DALI was the Punk
  8. Strain (Remix)

 
Harshrealm Website http://www.harshrealm.info
Harshrealm MySpace http://www.myspace.com/harshrealm
Harshrelam Facebook https://www.facebook.com/harshrealm.official
Harshrealm Twitter https://twitter.com/harshrealm_jpn
Harshrealm SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/harshrealm
LEGITIMACY Records
 
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
 
2014-11-30
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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