By Marcus Pan
Harvyst are made up of Aaron (vocals/bass), Collin
(guitar/vocals), Randy (drums/percussion) and Ian (keys/samples/vocals). The
four of them consider themselves the worlds only industrial metal
jam band, and their Winter EP of three tracks definitely show an
unpolished, jamming sound to their music. Its one of those not
perfect but not meant to be feelings, echoing garage sensibilities and a
quality wit and approach to the making of their music.
Originally born with members Brent Whetter, Randy Ferguson
and Marty Langley, Aaron Klamer came about in 99 attracted by the
bands current insanity. No More Light hit in January
2001. When Marty moved to California, Collin Schipper joined in fall 2003.
Brents insanity, around 2004, began to become an issue and by 2005 he was
replaced by Ian. Winter came out in 2005, originally born a demo as half
the bands line-up had changed by this point. Acid Victims Records enjoyed
it, signed them and re-released it as an EP.
The music of Winter is terribly brutal, forceful and
mind-flogging. Taking as many black influences abounding in the world today
that they could find, theyve mixed it up, jammed against it and the
result is hardcore. No polishing here, and thats just fine as polish
would probably diminish Harvysts sound and make up. From the opening
Ergot, through Mercury and closing with namesake Winter,
the CD is just over fifteen minutes of mayhem pressed on plastic.
Ergot tears it open with heavy distorted riffwork
with monologue samples thrown up against a wall of sound. Keyboard washes build
an ambience to which vocals and guitar can hook to and the track, while
experimental, becomes a solid arrangement with a movement and capability rather
than a mishmash of sounds with no place to go. Its been said that I
dont know the technical merits of guitar playing or metal in general,
regardless of having been a hardcore fan of the genre for 25 years. But I can
tell the difference between playing loud with a purpose and playing loud in an
attempt to hide a lack of talent.
Mercury opens with off-kilter guitar noodling with an
excellent monologue sample They depend on hallucination for their
philosophy. Sneaky high-hat brushes grow into an off step rhythm
bringing us into what I can only describe as metallic trance. Just over halfway
through it bursts into an exquisite cacophony of barraging fast paced metal
that pounds your skull and ears with a fervor and intensity I havent
found in years. Winter closes this EP and doesnt waste any time
getting directly into a fast paced rhythm movement to tear its way to the end.
Im glad to see Harvyst sign up with a smaller label
like Acid Victim, who will continue to allow the group to experiment and try
new things without applying commercial polish to the whole. While sometimes
being allowed to record and jam anything you want down, theres also times
when a certain level of personality and prowess creates an album that would be
less jolting had it been controlled and cleaned. Winter is an example of
such an album joltingly viciously and raw as fuck.
Acid Victim Records
Post: 782 S. Grand Hwy., Clermont, FL, 34711, USA
 In response to a review I wrote about Harvyst
label mates Bury the Pariahs Sociopathic Underground album. I
this reviewer doesn't really get the
super-technical metal stuff. Then he went on to say I was 11 years old or
I wish I was 11 years old!
 Yes I know the percussion is