Blue and green record exploding into shards

Harry Angel
You Are Your Own Disease

After fighting with the protective wrapping on the CD I began to realise that Harry Angel are certainly no angels.

When reading a song entitled ‘Watching Her Drown’ you can’t help but get slightly nervous. I wondered whether I should slyly put this record back in the CD mountain so that someone else could review it, or should I risk it and just hope that Harry Angel liked my honesty and don’t take drastic action against me?!

However, armed with my wetsuit, snorkel and orange armbands, I’m ready for them to bring it on!

‘Watching Her Drown’ is full of guitar angst and heavy drumming. The vocal is very different, sounding like Kermit The Frog but in a good way because, when it’s mixed with the short and snappy voice of Hayley Phillips, it works outstandingly well. This song eventually erupts into a moody fury, which creates gripping tension.

‘Last Riot’ and ‘Animal’ have a sweaty rhythm and head-banging beats. These tracks have an underlying Placebo influence but thankfully Harry Angel show off the fact they also have a raw talent of their own.

Now I’m a very girly girl and I’m shocked that Harry Angel have had such an effect on me. They have dragged me kicking and screaming to the dark side with their moody grunge music, which I actually really like.

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Louise Stephens was a long-term writer for The Mag.

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