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Dancing EP
Initial Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Trudging through the desolate, rainy surroundings of Seattle, Harkonen managed to record one hell of an EP that is both progressive and engaging. Taking ques from bands like The Jesus Lizard and the Melvins, Harkonen are expanding on the latter ideas of these great bands and are simply rocking the fuck out. Currently, the majority of metal/hardcore bands are stuck in a rut as far as creativity is concerned, and most aren't doing a good job of breaking the molds that have been hardening over the past five or six years. The whole genre is becoming very redundant and actually quite silly, and its nice to receive albums from bands like Harkonen.

The Dancing EP kicks off with the brutal "In Tow", instantly grabbing my attention with its tense guitars and brooding vocals. The hammering continues with "The Yolk", containing a really great breakdown, contrary to the ultra-cheesy, over-emotional breakdowns of said genre. The standout track on the EP is, hands down, the ultra-progressive and heavy "Cannibal." The guitar work on this particular song is great, with sludgy fretwork and another great breakdown/guitar solo with some nice effects that add a lot to the overall atmosphere of the song.

From hearing this release, I'm pretty interested to hear where this band is headed next, considering that Dancing is only a five-song EP. Perhaps, and hopefully, Harkonen will grab the attention of more listeners and put the screamy, emo copycatters to rest once and for all.

Throw your beers at these guys. They will thank you later.

Reviewed by Adam Jaenke
A contributing writer for LAS, Adam Jaenke is from Eau Claire. Isn\'t that also the name of a pastry?

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