Review by JD on November 30, 2010.
What do you get when you mix stuff like Grindcore, Metalcore, Punk, Death and raging Tech Metal then lace them together with some smatterings of Jazz?. You would probably give life to Germany based War From A Harlot’s Mouth. Truly this is a potpourri of sonic insanity on level ten.
I have heard aggressive music, and I have heard near psychotic sounding extreme metal too but not many bands can match War From A Harlot’s Mouth dynamic and downright chaotic sounds. The band take every part of their influences and then combine them all into a framework that on the surface is on the verge of exploding like a huge Super Nova out in the blackness of space or a vial of nitroglycerin thrown against a wall.
Sounding like Death Metal and Hardcore gone beyond nuclear detonation WFAHM are completely overwhelming to anyone listening to their album. The album sounds so amazing at first as it blazes through your mind and pummels your senses, but after awhile, you find your attention wander off and all of that power becomes moot. With a lack of musical variety in the music, it comes quickly clear that there is not enough meat on the metal bone to keep anyone listening for too long.
Trying to go the an ultimate level of extreme has a price, especially when it is done too much. Musically, WFAHM are a one trick pony. All blast and no substance to back it all up and that is all they have to offer. If they can add in other things, and learn to use more melodies and know how to fashion their music into a better framework they could be taking over. Just like with the sound of a jet engine revving you can tolerate it for only so long. The band tried, and falls flat.
I’d rather listen to sixty minutes of white noise (or bad rap) than deal with this style of metal.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Atmosphere: 5.5 (nice, but goes nowhere)
Production: 6 (too much)
Rating: 6.6 out of 10