Harakiri for the Sky is a relatively young Black Metal band with Post-Rock influences band from the beautiful country of Austria. The band was formed by the duo M.S. and J.J. in the 2011, but have already released two full-length albums via the German label Art of Propaganda (Vanhelga’s label as well). In 2012 the band released a self-titled full-length which was, in my humble opinion, one hell of an album and now, in 2014, we are able to listen to their sophomore release named Aokigahara (which is the known Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees in Japan).
I’ll be direct: a masterpiece, in the true sense of the word, this is indeed a work that will remain on my favorite albums for the rest of my life. I truly believe this and hope so. Of course, this is just my opinion, as all reviews are, but I must add what I really feel about the album. As the readers of this website are aware, I don’t enjoy all those reviews that dissect all the technical aspects of an album, but don’t show any emotion. Again, this is a personal taste only (concerning the reviews). For me, the most important aspect is the true emotions, the raw feelings of the reviewer on an album he or she is giving his or hers points of view. But again, I digress.
As for a description of the album, the guitar work here is so extraordinary and dramatic. They sound so beautiful (I know I repeat this word a lot, but hey, it is beautiful), sad, very melancholic and yet hopeful at the same time (at least in my personal experience). It’s monumental, massive. The whole album blends elements of calmness and chaos, but it’s still very emotional and passionate. The music sounds dreamy and the desperate vocals contribute to the duality of the album, as I’ve stated before. All instrumentals are to be praised as well; the problem is that I have no more words to praise the musical side of this album. This is truly a unique release that has really touched me, both musically as lyrically.
The lyrics are another aspect that caught my attention. You can relate to them. They are interesting and even though they do talk a lot about love, it’s never silly; I peronally feel that they’re deep… everyone who has been in a situation that is “described” on the album, know that they are being precise.
I finish this interview by saying, one more time, that this is another impressive release and it gives me hope for the future of the genre that I love so much. If you are a fan of Amesoeurs, An Autumn for Crippled Children, Deafheaven, and many of the others already also famous groups that play this music style and are not needed to be mentioned here, you’ll certainly enjoy Aokigahara as well. I kindly ask you to, if you like the band, support them the way that you can.
Until next time, take care!
Band: Harakiri for the Sky
Album: Aokigahara (2014)
Label: Art of Propaganda
1. My Bones to the Sea
3. Homecoming: Denied!
4. 69 Dead Birds for Utøya
6. Burning from Both Ends
9. Gallows (Give ’em Rope)
Harakiri for the Sky is:
M.S. – All instruments, Songwriting
J.J. – Vocals, Lyrical concept
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarakiriForTheSky
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June 30, 2014