Whether it’s incorporating elements of industrial and nu metal, or shifting their focus from jokey powerviolence to brutal metallic hardcore, Chicago’s Harm’s Way have been evolving and perfecting their sound with each consecutive release. Four albums and multiple EPs later, the band continue to refine their sound with their latest album, Posthuman, surpassing all of their previous work. It begins with a pummelling beatdown of grinding guitar chugs and breakdowns on tracks such as “Last Man” and “Human Carrying Capacity,” which also feature short industrial breaks in the vein of early Slipknot. On their last record, Rust, Harm’s Way focused more on writing slower, industrial-influenced metallic hardcore, but on Posthuman, the band find a nice middle ground between their new style and older sound. Tracks such as “Become a Machine” and “Sink” flit between full-bore aggression and jaw-dropping breakdowns without feeling heavy for the sake of it.
In the last few years, a substantial number of hardcore acts have been adopting nu metal influences with mixed results, but Harm’s Way have managed to tastefully incorporate a groove element into their music. With Posthuman, Harm’s Way expand on their experimentation in other genres without sacrificing quality along the way. Overall, the record is an impressive display of brute force that keeps its momentum up from beginning to end. (Metal Blade)
What’s your take on hardcore bands adopting nu metal influences?
Drummer Chris Mills: We’ve been getting some of those comparisons, coming back to Isolation in 2011, where we incorporated a lot of those industrial elements and people have made the nu metal comparison. I just think like there’s always going to be that natural comparison made to some of the nu metal bands of the ’90s and heavy hardcore bands, just because of a lot of hardcore being kind of groove-oriented.
You appeal to so many different types of music fans.
Our main goal is to connect with as many people as possible through our music, no matter what kind of genre it reaches. Whether it’s the metal world, the hardcore world, the industrial world, whatever it might be. So for us, our ability to reach beyond the hardcore world and connect with other music listeners and show goers is huge.