HARABALL: Hypno: LP/CS

Much like No Problem’s recent album Let God Sort Em Out, which saw the Canadian outfit step up its game a good few notches, Hypno finds Norway’s Haraball having a similar burst of third album improvement. Although there are traces of the previously employed raw hardcore attack, now there’s a haunting quality to the songs. It slows things down a touch at times without being detrimental in any way. Some of the songs—most noticeably the title track—feature a bit more musical embellishment, through the use of a synth or by writing longer songs which contain more evidence of the slight change in approach. This is the record that should make people sit up and notice Haraball a bit more. It has for me. –Rich Cocksedge (Fysisk Format, [email protected], fysiskformat.no)