My first taste of the madness that is War From A Harlots Mouth was their In Shoals album. They specialise in a fragmented type of death core with massive grooves, chaotic bursts at breakneck speed and some laid-back jazzy lounge parts. I really appreciate that as a jazz lover. It gives them their own specific identity as well. Last year they released a new album, entitled MMX. Let’s see what it’s made of.
MMX is another intense affair in the best War From A Harlots Mouth tradition. It’s chaotic, innovative, yet incredibly controlled at the same time. The band really manage to hold an iron grip on songs like ‘Insomnia’,’ To Age And Obsolete’, ‘Sleep Is The Brother Of Death’ and ‘C.G.B Spender’. Their mixture of massive grooves, short bursts of violent aggression and free jazz elements is better balanced. They’ve matured in the good sense of the word.
Luckily the band also maintained the jazzy lounge parts, which is aptly demonstrated in the aforementioned ‘Insomnia’ and ‘To Age And Obsolete’. ‘Sugarcoat’ is another brilliant example. Vocalist Nico Weber adds lots of extra venom with his maniacal screams and growls. Songs like ‘Spineless’ and ‘Inferno III/IV’ are other examples of what War From A Harlots Mouth is capable of.
The powerful and somewhat mechanical production of MMX provides the perfect backdrop for the album to thrive on. It gives the music a really brutal edge.
War From A Harlots Mouth may not be as experimental as their brethren in Name or The Dillinger Escape Plan, but they certainly have a sound of their own. MMX is another confident display of what they’re capable of. Impressive!