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Haram: DrescherDrescher (2007)
Lovitt Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Not that I have many examples, but there seems to be something about former screamo dudes fulfilling apparent desires to eschew their past in favor of snarling post-hardcore. On Haram's solid second full-length, Drescher, the outfit consisting of ex-members from Pg. 99, City of Caterpillar and Major.
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Not that I have many examples, but there seems to be something about former screamo dudes fulfilling apparent desires to eschew their past in favor of snarling post-hardcore. On Haram's solid second full-length, Drescher, the outfit consisting of ex-members from Pg. 99, City of Caterpillar and Majority Rule churn out a potent blend of styles that brings to mind Drive Like Jehu tempered by the quiet experimentation of mid-era Fugazi.

Clocking in at nine songs spanning a shade over a half-hour, Drescher nevertheless opens with the 4:00+ "Drescher Clock" and lead vocals reminiscent of a younger Rick Froberg. Four members here handle vocal duties though, so you're always offered a different layer to the consistent smattering of jaunty, distorted guitars. There's also a song like "M Greene" with its excellent stop-start drum fills, varied guitar tones and catchy refrain, and "Centrum" which features a rare offering of raw screams buried in the mix.

On "Never Sleep" and especially "Death Blues," the band mellow out enough to garner similarities to the Argument-era of the aforementioned; not that the band acts out too wildly on Drescher, but it's an even greater reservation here not normally seen on the album and it's consequently refreshing.

Bolstered by a thick but not necessarily overwhelming recording by Jim Siegel, Drescher is a dependable effort that might continue to swap in its members' ingrained intensity for angularity, but is enjoyable all the same.

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inagreendase (November 21, 2007)

"The Argument" isn't mid-Era Fugazi... it was their last album.

I don't recall saying The Argument was mid-era Fugazi.

bichodomatojim (November 21, 2007)

I really loved the first album. I wouldn't go so far as to say this album is that much better than the first. It just shows them branching out a bit. They've added a third guitarist, experimented more with the vocals, and infused more "pop" elements. The songs on this album are definitely more varied from song to song style wise than the first album, and a nice progression for the band!! Can't wait to see them play some of these tunes live !!
jim

ctkrohn (November 21, 2007)

"The Argument" isn't mid-Era Fugazi... it was their last album.

maverick (November 21, 2007)

So so so so so much better than the first record. This thing's got some serious chops. I dig it. It definitely reminds me of Malady at points.

-Scott

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