Harrow are a band from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of cascadian black metal with elements of folk music and this is a review of their 2015 "Fallow Fields" which was released by Avantgarde Music.
Nature sounds and drones start off the album along with some acoustic guitars a few seconds later which brings in elements of folk music and after a couple of minutes heavier guitars are added onto the recording and once the high pitched screams kick in the music goes into a fast and raw black metal direction that also uses a great amount of blast beats.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also brings in a great mixture of both folk and black metal parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in folk instruments at times.
Clean singing can be heard in some parts of the songs and the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody at times and as the album progresses elements of post rock are added into the music and the songs also get more atmospheric as time goes on by along with a great amount of diversity and you can also hear a touch of progressive music in some of the acoustic parts and they also close the album with a small amount of shoegaze sounds.
Harrow shows a great amount of progress on this album continuing their mixture of atmospheric black metal and folk music while also mixing in more elements of post and progressive rock this time around, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover nature, conflict and Atavism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from harrow and if you are a fan of cascadian and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Pathways' and "Awake before The Dawn". 8 out of 10.