Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Album review: Harmony - Die!Die!Die!

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Right to left: Mike Logie, Mikey Prain and Andrew Wilson of Die!Die!Die!. Photo / Supplied
Right to left: Mike Logie, Mikey Prain and Andrew Wilson of Die!Die!Die!. Photo / Supplied

At some point in Die!Die!Die!'s so-far blistering career, the Dunedin-based hellraisers will have to tone down their antics - if only so they can keep performing their vitriolic cacophony live.

Thankfully, it still seems to be well in the future. Don't be fooled by the title of their fourth album - Harmony is another dose of ranting front man Andrew Wilson's permanently pissed demeanour, combined with frenzied garage-rock of the highest order.

"Provocation. Just don't," wails Wilson over the sprawling riffs of No One Owns a View, Harmony's thrilling highlight that comes with addictive punk hooks and frequent bursts of feedback.

But it's not all walls of noise. As in their brilliant single How Ye from 2010's Form, Die!Die!Die! find moments of quiet tranquillity within their guitar storms. So Trinity erupts into a beautiful chorus, Oblivious: Oblivion rolls by with a smooth bass groove, Twitching Sunshine contains a summery burst of "ooh oohs", and Season's Revenge could almost be called a ballad.

But if you're looking for rawk, the brutal finale of Shades of Blues and the schizophrenic Erase Waves will have you covered.

"Burn out," moans Wilson on the latter, and at the pace Die!Die!Die! perform it's certainly a risk.

Let's hope not, because on Harmony Die!Die!Die! live up to the scorching promise they've shown all along.

Stars: 4/5
Verdict: Southern rockers' frenetic fourth album.
Buy Harmony by Die!Die!Die! here.

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