Harms Way - Oxytocin
Harms Way is the name of the last album that the band Terra Firma recorded, Terra Firma is also the band that Freddie played in. When they disbanded he formed, along with old time friend Dim, a new outfit entitled Harms Way. Originally they started under the moniker Root Of All Evil but along the way the name was changed and the line-up became complete with Erik that has a past in Merciless and with Stipen that is perhaps best known from Dia Psalma.
What the band presents is a mix of alternative metal and stoner complete with dirty and heavy riffing that bring the songs forward. They know their way around and let clear and melodic guitar lines sweep over the heavy riffs that bring a nice touch to it all and show a melodic side of the band. Although it is a heavy sound they present it is not heavy enough and leaves Harms Way's music more to be something like Diet-Stoner rather than the dirty Kyuss desert rock. I miss the real groove that never comes out in a way that I would like but on the other hand Harms Way bring out leads and harmonies from Freddie and Erik in true Iron Maiden style that makes up for that.
Dim has a relaxed way of singing with a clear and light
voice that suits the music and gives a nice sound to Harms Way's music.
With the slower songs you not seldom get a Kyuss vibe while with the
faster tracks a comparison with Mustasch is more accurate since then
there is more of a metal and rock 'n' roll feel to it. Oxytocin is suffering
from repetitive riffing and it lacks a bit in variety and after listing
to a couple of tracks it feels like it is enough and listening to rest
of the album doesn't really add anything. Good in small doses but tiring
and monotonous with just too much of it all.