|We Are Harlot - 'We Are Harlot' (Roadrunner Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:00|
We Are Harlot features former Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop, guitarist Jeff George (formerly of Sebastian Bach's band), bassist Brian Weaver and drummer Bruno Agra... so let's find out what all the fuss is about with this, their debut, self-titled album release.
I assume that there's plenty of you who've become aware of this particular group via the video and press coverage of opening track 'Dancing On Nails', and what a way to open your debut record, with a song such as this - spectacular is no exaggerated term.
The band have referred to themselves as a "Rock and Roll Band" with main inspirations being the likes of Aerosmith and Van Halen, and as we hit 'Dirty Little Thing' the good ol' party Rock and Roll is there in glorious musical technicolor.
I wouldn't call this Classic Rock, Hair Metal or whatever term or genre you wanna call this band: they just play rock and roll music from the heart and soul (so it seems from the outside) - yes, they show their influences clearly but this, for me, sounds modern and fresh.
The other tune released as a single/video is 'Denial' and once more kills it with its infectious heavy intensity.
The studio production is huge and crystal clear with every part of the instrumentation getting perfect coverage, with Worsnop's rasping vocal delivery something of note.
These songs get straight at ya from the off, with a similar vibe, feel and sense as the first Guns N' Roses record in some respects - not in sound but in... creation and power.
Wonderful arrangements throughout the collection, and this can be heard on stylishly sleazy tunes like 'The One' or 'Love For The Night' - catchy as fuck tunes, crammed full of infectious hooks with a sense that these guys are enjoying every single moment of this musical palaver they've created and crafted so intently.
There's also a little Spread Eagle on the inspirational front (if I can be so bold as to mention): well, just check out 'Flying Too Close To The Sun' for further evidence of my lurid claims or thoughts.
Closing with the balladry of 'I Tried' this proves beyond any shadow of doubt that this musical collective can write a perfect song as all eleven tracks sure as hell are.
We Are Golden....We Are Harlot.