Visitation by Ofek Saadi
HAR hail from Tel Aviv, Israel. Started out in 2014 as an outlet for intuitive black metal, a period which is summed up in the debut EP titled ‘Ba’al Haov’. Afterwards came the addition of a second guitarist, which provided ground for a constant exploration of the black and death spectrum. Visitation, HAR’s next and current EP, summarises this process.
Our first recording was much more intuitively written and recorded fast, but with the addition of another member it changed the dynamics, and we went through a period of searching for a specific sound. The new release is the result, and in a sense, it is a new chapter for us, and it heralds things to come, though just like the release itself we won’t narrow ourselves to a specific formula but a certain atmosphere
The lyrics are in Hebrew, and they revolve around the themes of gnosis, chaos and death worship. There is a strong duality that characterises the lyrics, of transcending the human while worshipping the flesh. Karmazid, the visual artist, did an amazing job capturing it. There is something mystical about it like a revelation of something inhuman but completely visceral and decaying. While he mostly got the inspiration from listening to the music, he managed to uncover something about the essence of what we are doing that we couldn’t describe ourselves, and it adds another dimension to the whole thing.
We are not sure being postmodern is a matter of artistic choice but simply a historical fact no one can escape. Same for metal, and in this sense, it fits the broader art world perfectly regardless of any art snob opinion. Because it is a complete denial of Western ethics and religion and it is rebellious by definition and gives strength and power.
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