Continuing on our voyage through the turbulent seas of unsigned bands we descend on the home of hedonism, Brighton, and treat ourselves to a listen of the new EP from local metallers Left Arm Pregnant, called The Harvest.
The Harvest opens with a roaring set of vocal harmonies that jump out at you, and lead nicely into a brief spoken word piece. The harmonies on the first track, Ridiculous, are awesome and mixed in with the spoken word elements which take me back to my youth listening to hours of System of a Down, marveling at the way Serj manipulates his voice and how that in turn infuses with Damon. Left Arm Pregnant manage to pull off the same atmosphere in this opening track and that is a very hard thing to do indeed.
The EP carries on in this vein, taking much from early SOAD which, whether intentional or not, really works for them. There are also moments of manic disorder, touching on early Disturbed or even in places, such as the track 48K, moments of melodic metal bands like Rhapsody. If you imagine all of those bands being fronted by Jack Black then you may have some idea of where this is going.
In short the EP is an epic offering, it’s atmospheric from start to finish, never settling on one mundane sound but jumping from sound to sound like a child with severe attention deficit disorder. It’s nice to be challenged to listen to a soundtrack rather than the same song repeated over and over, which is what most EP’s are these days. The Harvest is a true representation of what this band can offer, it’s dark in places, clever in others, but from start to finish it’s fun and that’s been missing a bit lately.
Of course we save the best till last, and in this case the last track is called Zombie! Now I’m going to go out on a limb and say it may be the best track I’ve heard in 2014 so far, it’s fucking funny, it’s brilliantly delivered by the band and the lyrics are amazing. If you listen to nothing else this year then get your ears around Zombie and make sure you stick around till the very end of the track…