"Physical World" C17

Harsh R is a dystopian Olympian (WA) electro-goth act with an anomalous niche; while most other artists in this vein rely on industrial dissonance for heaviness, Harsh R further employs a left -hook in hardcore-punk tropes str8 outta a 90s Victory Records playbook, from tough-groaned lamentations (though slightly softened & snottified to fit a more goth-punk aesthetic) to chugga-chugga percussives (though the downbeat is instead accented with a low-level laser pew-pew sample) and that looooong breakdown for emphatic… emphasis. It’s mosh music for fog machines and strobe lights. It’s weird, heavy, and weirdly heavy. Have a listen for yourself via the link below.


-- Jacob An Kittenplan