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Harem Scarem – United [2017]

Canadian rockers Harem Scarem have returned with their fourteenth album called United and it certainly delivers an explosive punch of polished melodic rock. Produced by Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance, United sounds absolutely amazing with a crystal clear mix and excellent performances from each band member. The guitar playing is certainly outstanding with some brilliantly original riffs and the vocal delivery is especially amazing and passionate throughout each chorus.

Harem Scarem have always been known for their awesome harmonies and this time Jeff Scott Soto helps out on a couple of songs along with former drummer Darren Smith to achieve that intense wall of sound. Highlights include the huge chorus of anthem “”Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”, the excellent backing vocal harmonies that infuse “Gravity”, the mind blowing guitar performance and purely manic energy of “Sinking Ship”, the signature Harem Scarem sound of mega power ballad “One Of Life’s Mysteries”, and the powerful chorus of “Bite The Bullet”.

The Japanese edition is highly recommended as it has a great acoustic version of “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” which captures the beauty of a really well written melodic rock song in all its raw glory. Overall United is another amazing album in a very long line of quality releases from Harem Scarem and really showcases everything great about this band.

For all its brilliance, a slightly less intense second half means United doesn’t quite match the complete perfection of classic albums such as Mood Swings, Weight Of The World, and Thirteen where each and every song was unique, creative, and dynamic from start to end. Despite this very minor point, which actually shows just how high the standards for this band are, Harem Scarem have delivered yet another superb album that is going to be very hard to beat as album of the year for this style of music.

Band Members
Creighton Doane – Drums
Darren Smith – Backing Vocals, Drums (Live)
Harry Hess – Vocals, Guitars
Pete Lesperance – Lead Guitars
Stan Miczek – Bass

Additional Musicians
Jeff Scott Soto
Jeff Dalziel
Pete Newdeck
Alessandro Del Vecchio

Tracks
01. United
02. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
03. Gravity
04. Sinking Ship
05. One Of Life’s Mysteries
06. No Regrets
07. Bite The Bullet
08. Things I Know
09. The Sky Is Falling
10. Heaven And Earth
11. Indestructible

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