Harbinger Uprising – Line in the Sand
(CLARKSVILLE, TENN) Harbinger Uprising are a 2-piece alternative rock band which hails from the heart of the mid-west. They just released their latest full length effort (19 Tracks), entitled, “Line in the Sand). Band members include, Morgan Adames (Vocals) and Brett Marbes (Drums). Other members have included drummer Charles Frost, guitarist Jon Knight, and bassist Tim Filer.
I can hear influences from Alice in Chains, System of A Down, Fuel, Default, Smile Empty Soul, Tantric, and 12 Stones. The lyrics inspired by ordinary experiences, nature, and an adventurous spirit round out an exceptional album released in 2015. The deep, emotionally driven lyrics and impressive musical talent seem to reach far beyond. These guys deliver an unmistakable and pulsating youthful energy that permeates these songs. There is a certain fearlessness in the music; a diving in and pushing forward that reflects another side of this multi-talented young band. The CD starts off with the killer track, “Breathe Through the Choke”, which slams your ears into submission quickly for a wild 3 minute ride.
Being a professional event planner, I cannot get out of my head the idea that many tracks on this CD can fill almost any youthful function – like playing at a Skateboard Tournament for example. All 19 new songs showcased on their GOOGLE PLAY link below have an almost whimsical feel that makes the world seem right, that there’s an underlying sense of hope that your future looks brighter than your past. Just when you think you’ve got this guy and his band down, you get blindsided by more songwriting depth. This leads us right into my favorite track on the CD, “Wounds Will Heal”. It’s got more of a short but sweet message, still possessing a powerful style and grace. Not only is Adames a capable singer but I suspect his contribution to the writing and arrangements of all these songs is of paramount importance. Songwriting makes the difference. This is where true talent either flourishes or fails to show up. Here these two deliver the goods, which is to say nothing of the pervasive and contagious chemistry they share with each other. As a whole the band plays like a well oiled machine. I might add there are songs here for fans on the West Coast where I’m located. Indeed, these two aim to please new listeners as well, as his songs are also placed in a near perfect arrangement – 19 solid pieces.
Notable standouts for me are “Wounds Will Heal”, “Decisions”, “One Day Alone”, “Dive” and “Facing Oblivion”.
The CD as a whole packs a powerful punch and vocals straight from the heart. Another hit for me, which kind of hit me on the third listen, was “Angel.” Harbinger Uprising” is one of the most intriguing rock bands from Tennessee I’ve heard in a long while.