Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Hark is a powerful rock band with a massive bottom end and an impressive dedication to all things heavy. Their tight and powerful sound is not one to be taken lightly, it is filled to the brim with powerful riffs, chunky solos and vocals that are to die for. Their new record Crystalline is a testament to the enduring power of rock music, a tribute to the magic of the power trio and the groovy might that well played bass can bring into the sound. The kind of band that could appeal to millions, Crystalline is just the latest step on Hark's march to ascension. 

The thing that helps to make this record so engaging is the spiraling and often mind bending riffs that dominate the music. This idea is introduced right from the start with a Rush derived guitar part adding flavor to Palendromeda. See, Hark fit very much into this 'new generation of rock' vein with bands like Red Fang and Clutch. Yet, Crystalline brings something very new to the table. Their sound takes a different approach and by god is it glorious. These riffs are tasty and poignant. The thing that really helps them stand out is in my opinion is the triumphant bass playing courtesy of Nikolai Ribnikov, he gives the band an incredible crush that will capture the hearts of fans across the globe.

Crystalline says a lot with its ten tracks. Sure they're all pretty long, but Hark really touch on something special, the heart and soul of rock and roll. Crystalline goes deeper into these nefarious realms then many bands ever even glimpse. Chuck Berry's music has never sounded so good, Crystalline is a testament to the roaring and never ending power of a genre that has ruined my life. Prepare yourselves my friends, when this record drops, empires will fall and the world will be shaken, rock and roll for the master plan, Hark may very well change the world.

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