Distorted Harmony released A Way Out, their third album at the end of July. Overall, it is forty-six minutes of well thought out progressive metal. A Way Out is an enjoyable album. But who is this band? They aren’t widely known, yet. In short, they are a progressive metal band from Tel Aviv. In reality, they are a talented group of individuals making good music.
Who Are They?
I discovered Distorted Harmony through the magic and power of social media. After sharing something on Instagram, they liked one of my posts and followed me. Intrigued by their name, I checked out their latest single on YouTube and was hooked. “Room 11” introduced me to the band.
On their bandcamp page, the band describes their style as a “delicate combination of the complex progressive metal, the unique harmonies of modern Jazz & Classical music and some heavy shit!”. And, after listening to all of their albums, I can say this is definitely true. Their sound is different and there are delicate qualities to their music that I find very attractive.
A Way Out is an enjoyable record. It boasts thrilling guitar work, haunting vocals, strong drumming and well-constructed songs. Distorted Harmony isn’t afraid to mix aspects of other genres into their music. There are electronic elements throughout the album. As a rule of thumb, I don’t like “synthetic junk” being mixed together with “real instruments”, however, Distorted Harmony does this successfully. They splice these elements in seamlessly.
Metal is usually classified as having a hard edge. The music is harsh, the lyrics are brutal, there’s a lot of screaming and, most importantly, it’s all loud. Distorted Harmony’s second record, Chain Reaction fit this description. It had a raw feeling. The music was more angsty and passionate. On A Way Out, the band shed this layer and opted for a more restrained sound.
A Way Out has heavy moments. The songs have killer drum fills and wicked guitar solos. Misha Soukhinin even screams in the opening track; however, the music isn’t loaded with the stereotypical “metal sound”. There are outbursts of ferocity, but they aren’t constant. They are calculated.
My biggest critique of A Way Out is the abrupt change to short songs. Distorted Harmonies older music boasts longer songs, allowing the band more time to play with different techniques and melodies. On these longer songs, the band had time to tell more of a story with their music. I like when music tells a story, whether the band does so with lyrics or their instruments. I don’t know why this change occurred.
Not only did the length change, but the songs are less aggressive, as I noted above. To put it broadly, they are more mellow and radio friendly. This combination of changes could spark more air time for the band, and thus more exposure. Anyway, even with these minor observations, I would recommend A Way Out to metal fans.
Songs Worth Investigating
“Awaken” is a dynamic piece. It is also a great example of Distorted Harmony telling a story with their music, not just their lyrics. It begins slowly and quickly turns into an atmospheric ballad. It is driven forward by gentle guitar work and the steady, though soft, rumble of drums. And then it takes off. The drummer sets the pace and offers a slick fill as the guitars chug their way into a solo. This movement simmers down eventually, giving way to the vocalist’s distinct sound.
“Room 11” is much faster and heavier, and thus, it’s a much better song to pull people into the band’s grip. The lyrics are fairly creepy, though interesting. More or less, it sounds like the vocalist is depicting rather ugly deeds being done to a “little boy”. Misha Soukhinin’s voice fits perfectly with this disturbing theme. They are certainly “haunting”, as many comments online read.