I don’t have a clue if the novel by James Bassett written in ’62 inspired this guys from Chicago or not, but “Isolation” is definitively heavy as a cruiser on a seek-out-and-destroy mission. They delivering kind of old-school but excellent hardcore merged with some sludge and doom after-taste moments and sounds, filled with cutting and crushing groove metal riffs, pumping drums and howling basses that will tread you to the ground. Not to compare it with, but it reminds me of Biohazard’s “Urban Discipline” (1992), it has the same groove, strength and unpolished freshness and raw, but also incorporated the power of Pantera and their best riffing without actually copying anything. Usually I don’t get too easily excited, but Harm’s Way quite made me bang my head.
Absolutely heavy, brutal, but sparkling, fool of grooves and killer riffs, “Isolation” and its eight tracks are one of the most breathing and strong hardcore releases lately. Sometimes getting quite gloomy, Harm’s Way delivering the perfect match of hardcore rawness and groove metal heaviness and they are gonna smash off everything in their way. Brilliant, play it fuckin’ loud!