I won’t be surprised if you’re perplexed by the name of this two-man Austrian band — Harakiri For the Sky. It’s cryptic and subject to different interpretations. I also won’t be surprised if you can’t guess, from their name, the nature of the music they make — and in fact it’s hard to pin down with a convenient label. But the music is very much worth hearing, and we’re giving you the chance to discover it for yourself via our premiere of a song named “Burning From Both Ends” that will appear on their forthcoming second album, Aokigahara.
The lilting, chiming guitar introduction to the song provides no preparation for the galvanizing storm that soon breaks. The music of songwriter/instrumentalist M.S. thunders and roars, but dramatic melodies flood the music, as vocalist J.J. (and guest vocalist Torsten of Agrypnie) rage with impassioned, lung-bursting conviction. As heavy as the music is, it swells with emotion and sweeps with windswept power, and the song will get stuck in your head. It’s a melding of black metal and post-rock that’s damned appealing.
Aokigahara will be released by the Art of Propaganda label on April 21 and can be ordered in digipack or vinyl formats here. It includes guest vocals by a number of black metal musicians — and a cover of a Tears For Fears song. A detailed tracklist with the names of the guests is as follows:
1. My Bones To The Sea
3. Homecoming Denied
4. 69 Dead Birds For Utoya**
6. Burning From Both Ends***
9. Gallows (Give’ Em Rope)
10. Mad World (bonus track for vinyl version)*****
* Guest vocals by Seuche (Fäulnis)
** Guest vocals by Cristiano (Whiskey Ritual)
*** Guest vocals by Torsten (Agrypnie)
**** Guest Vocals by Eklatanz (Heretoir)
***** Cover song of Tears Of Fears
Last month Art of Propaganda released video for the song “My Bones To the Sea”, and you can watch and hear that one below “Burning From Both Ends” — which we present now.