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Toxic State Records


Haram (NY) "What Do You See?"

This is the debut 7" from Haram. The first thing you'll notice about this New York City hardcore band is that their lyrics and much of the text on the record are in Arabic (with English translations). While in translation the lyrics seem impressionistic rather than didactic, at least part of the point here seems to be putting the members' Arabic background at the forefront of the band's aesthetic, which is very cool. Musically, this has a tighter, denser sound than a lot of other bands on Toxic State. The cadences of the vocals here are reminiscent of some Italian bands like Wretched or Finnish bands like Terveet Kadet. The music is fierce enough to live up to those comparisons as well, although there's also a lot of semi-melodic lead guitar similar to bands like Funeral Oration, or maybe the more ambitious sound of the last 12" from Wretched.

Track Listing:

1. Blood
2. Put It In Your Head
3. The Insane
4. What Is This Hell?