Harakiri for the Sky – III: Trauma (2016)


Just went you think a band can’t get any better, Harakiri for the Sky unleashes their third full-length release “III: Trauma”. Featuring an even more depressing and more refined sound, this Austrian duo delivers nearly 75 minutes of majestic music. Further expanding and perfecting their melancholic Post-Black Metal sound, the band keeps blowing our minds with their excellent musicianship and brilliant song writing abilities.

Opening with “Calling the Rain”, we instantly get an opus that sounds like a combination of Alcest and Katatonia, without being a rip-off of them. The band’s pace allows their music to grow and deliver waves of melancholic onslaughts as only a handful of bands can do these days. Not settling for one particular musical influence, “Funeral Dreams” moves into more melodic Death Metal territories with some similarities to October Tide… if they played with Black Metal inclinations.

The band’s knack of crafting bleak and engaging atmospheres delivers songs like the dreamy “Thanatos” and the more aggressive “This Life as a Dagger”, which focuses on adding dramatic guitar leads and very cathartic atmospheric passages. One of our favorite tracks is the melodramatic “The Traces We Leave” nicely offset with JJ’s disarming harsh vocals. Other songs offer diverse elements that make them sound different, like the playful drum patterns of “Viaticum”.

After the dreamy “Dry the River”, the band closes with the very energetic “Bury Me”, a song that is both aggressive and very melancholic. Overall, Harakiri for the Sky manages to dance very effectively between being highly melancholic and equally aggressive. “III: Trauma” features some songs that are disarming and bleak, as well as some tracks that are quite aggressive and powerful. M.S. is a master musician and handling all instruments in this release showcases his level of proficiency and song writing skills. If you want well written and very melodic Black Metal with tons of Post-Rock influences, look no further and get a copy of this excellent release.

Band: Harakiri for the Sky Album: III: Trauma

Label: Art of Propaganda

Release: July 22nd, 2016

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Genre: Post-Black Metal

Country: Austria

Rating: 95/100

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