With their newest offering Voyeur, the five-piece have once again attempted to out heavy themselves again. However, thanks to their previous LP, 2010’s MMX, the bar may have been raised a little too high.
“Scopophobia” is the closest thing that the band have to a single, and while it doesn’t feature a verse/chorus/verse structure, it does pack a fantastic, Deftones styled clean chorus. It’s a shame that this is the only track on the LP that packs this addition, because it’s arguably the best song in the band’s catalog.
“H(a)unted,” “Terrifier” and “To The Villians” are also big tracks on the LP, and while there is no doubting that War From A Harlots Mouth can craft a meaty groove when they want too, it’s all a bit samey. The problem is that the album doesn’t pack many other memorable moments.
It’s extremely heavy and blindingly technical, but the record suffers for that very reason, and most of the songs are hard to differentiate between – unless your mind is truly focused on listening to Voyeur, a fair chunk of it is going to fly by. The group have never been about writing easy to digest songs, but in a way their focus on crafting psychotically brutal compositions has become something of a cage for the band – and makes the almost conventional stylings of “Scopophobia” even more stark and unexpected.
This reviewer really wanted to enjoy this album, and War From A Harlots Mouth have certainly succeeded in birthing an a chaotic creation, but Voyeur is just lacking in the songwriting department. In fact, it’s a criticism that could arguably be attached to the Germans’ career, and though long time fans will definitely enjoy this album, newcomers and listeners on the fence (like yours truly), may find Voyeur a bit of a letdown. Not a bad album, just not memorable enough to be anything more than average.
(released November 6, 2012 on Season Of Mist)