THE MURDER AND THE HARLOT
THESE HANDS WROTE THE BASTARD IN ME
New Jersey quintet The Murder and the Harlot showcase a schizophrenic style of metalcore on their debut nine-track offering THESE HANDS WROTE THE BASTARD IN ME. Sounding like a mash-up of everything heavy you could imagine hearing at the Warped Tour rolled into one big conglomerate, this unit adroitly weaves melodic hardcore anthems, off-kilter metallic dissonance and modern metalcore sonic bombast together to form a progressive brand of heaviness with a penchant for adventure (“Hey Man”, “10 Times the Wake”) and the uncanny ability to effortlessly switch up dynamics from clobbering (“A Plague and the Mixture of…”) to calm (“The Difference Between”). Falling somewhere between Poison the Well and Norma Jean, The Murder and the Harlot approach modern heavy music with an intriguing spin whose familiar parts work well together.