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Crystalline is the 2014 Season of Mist debut album from heavy power-rock trio Hark recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (High On Fire, Kvelertak, Young Widows). With fresh chops and almighty riff power, Hark continue to fuse punk attack with Sabbathian dirge, and decorate post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish.
Former Taint frontman Jimbob Isaac's vocals expand on his tried and tested palette and his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle. Former Whyteleaf rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, the Hark engine, bring an OCD approach to song craft, and endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops, and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac's honed and equally determined musical vision.
Isaac on the project, "Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since Hark's inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout."