||Industrial, grind, thrash, death... call
it what you will. However, Norway's Red
Harvest can be called just flat-out "extreme"! So after
a couple of years since their nonchalant, but successful "Sick
Transit Gloria Mundi", the quintet return with what may be their
strongest outing yet. Relentless and ever-evolving simultaneously,
Red Harvest have found the initiative to drive forth the hammer upon
the unexpected listeners' ears with mediocre song structures and valiant
groove. “Internal Punishment Programs” begins and ends
with my two favorite tracks, "Anatomy of the Unknown" and
the title track. Both of these are extremely free flowing displays
of originality and have an awkwardly diverse sense of rhythmic aggression.
Let us not dismiss the heavily-used sampling and programming by Lrz...
and the effect it gives Red Harvest as a whole. "Symbol of Decay"
is another tremendous offering, though a bit slowed down, as this
is probably their most melodic and is the longest track on “IPP”.
I like this a lot as well. There are etchy points that take some time
getting used to if you are new to Red Harvest. Otherwise, you know
what to expect. Surprise, surprise, surprise... (but always impressive!)