Haruka - Secret Life Album Review

As I perused through the annals of Bandcamp, I found this diamond in the rough. Haruka is a melodic hardcore punk band from Chula Vista...



As I perused through the annals of Bandcamp, I found this diamond in the rough. Haruka is a melodic hardcore punk band from Chula Vista, CA. By the way, Haruka is a very common feminine name in Japan and a less common masculine name. It's ironic that the name derives from the words for spring and flowers when this band's music is savage and ferocious.

Their latest release, Secret Life, was released this past month and features 8 explosive tracks of pure fury and lightning. From the violent yelps to the pummeling drums, this release is an all out assault on your ears. Their sound is a mix between the melodic sensibilities of Title Fight with the pure raw aggression of hardcore punk bands like The Casualties. Not much information about them is online save for a short description on their Facebook page describing their sound as "the new American rock & roll." I don't know what the hell that means but I like it. Although there are many bands out there that are making similar music (La Dispute, Touche Amore, Defeater, etc), Haruka feels like it leans more into the post-hardcore with a slight blues garage influence. This release is a step up in production value compared to their previous releases. The improved production is perfect for anyone who wants their ears to bleed when they listen to their punk. I know I do.

Favorite tracks: "Secret Life," "As You Wish," and "Intact"

Head on over to their Bandcamp to download Secret Life now:

 

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