As time goes by, music (as life) evolves. Bands and artists, in the quest to create something new and interesting, totally stray away from what came before, sometimes it works and unfortunately as every experiment, sometimes it doesn’t. On the other side of the spectrum we find those creatives who enjoy mixing and blending different genres and decades in music, with the hopes of coming up with something interesting. Again, just as the first group, the results those vary.
Fronterror by Harmless Habit fits in the latter category. The record, from beginning to end, is an exploration of different eras and genres that come together into one. Case in point, the title track, has this very subtle elements of terror (very fitting with the title of the song) that reminded me to Ice Nine Kills, however the rest is pretty much a blend of 00s Emo and Rock with its explosive guitar riffs, the arrangements in the vocals just adds in the theatricality and meaning behind the lyrics. Insanity ensues in the next track, “Freakshow,” a direct follow up to the next track though this time around the band goes for a much fast-paced rhythm both musically and vocally with more screams add into the mix. The rest of the material never really hits the same highs as the first two songs, however it does showcases new and interesting sides of the band while keeping the momentum.
There ain’t really too much negative to report, if any. For those really for something distinctive and fully original, this album sadly would not make it for you. But if you are really into the Rise and Hopeless Records catalogue, you will find yourself loving this band and becoming an instant fan.
Overall, Fronterror by Harmless Habit is filled with poignant, sometimes inspiring, but definitely relevant lyrics that listeners may connect with. The music is also a nice throwback into the heydays of 00s angsty and a reminder of why emo music was such an important genre.