Harrow are a band from British Columbia, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw, melodic and atmospheric form of cascadian black metal and this is a review of their 2015 cassette "Fallow Fields" which will be released in February by Broken Limbs.
Atmospheric sounds start off the cassette along with some acoustic guitars and after a minute cello's are added onto the recording which also leads up to more heavy parts kicking in and then the music starts adding in more of a raw black metal sound that also uses blast beats and high pitched screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a great amount of melody and the music also alternates being acoustic and heavy parts quite a bit with the more acoustical material bringing in a heavy folk music influence along with folk instruments, violins and keyboards being added in at times and after awhile clean singing vocals are added into some parts of the tracks.
At times they music can be very progressive with the acoustic parts along wit h a psychedelic feeling coming out in some parts that h ave a 70's feeling to them and the songs also bring in the cascadian atmosphere that is common in a lot of northwest black metal while also being a lot more original than a lot of those bands and they close the album wit h 2 acoustic tracks that are in mo e of a folk/progressive rock direction while the last track does bring in a little bit of electric guitars.
Harrow continue s with their raw cascadian black metal sound while also expanding upon it and adding in a great amount of folk music elements to create and album that could be classified as black/folk metal but done in more of an underground and grim fashion, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover heathen myth, esoteric tradition and observation of natural cycles.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Harrow and if you are a fan of the raw, atmospheric, cascadian and folk styles of black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Through the Grey" and "Awake Before The Dawn". 8 out of 10.