- By Ramon Gonzales

‘Common Suffering’ arrives via Metal Blade Records at the end of this month.

‘Common Suffering’ arrives via Metal Blade Records at the end of this month.

Illinois hardcore practitioners Harm’s Way continue their dominant march towards the September 29th release of their next iteration, Common Suffering. Recruiting accomplished producer Will Yip, who has churned out modern classics with Turnstile and Code Orange, the tandem come together for what can be framed as the most complete version of Harm’s Way yet, with the latest serving of the project as evidence.

For the latest preview, Harm’s Way linked with Kristina Esfandiari, known better as King Woman, for a stylistic departure that only showcases the band’s range, but their willingness to challenge the conventions of hardcore. Weaponizing King Woman’s haunting, ethereal vocals, the combination makes for a hellacious result, one that makes for a lasting impression of full range heft.

Speaking of the single, the band shared, “‘Undertow’ looks at the cycle of life and death, and one’s process of coming to a space of acceptance with the latter.  While we can argue that self-preservation is inherently human, finding peace in death and dying brings us that much closer to humility and our shared humanity.” 

The ten track manifesto wades through the turbulence of the last three years with the entries on the album traversing weighty thematic material including personal struggles with mental health, fractured relationships, the climate of political division and continued corruption of power during one of the most unstable, vulnerable times in history.

“We really tried not to settle on parts,” explained Harm’s Way guitarist Nick Gauthier. “Sometimes a direction that we could have taken in a song felt too obvious… We would just troubleshoot that until we felt creatively satisfied with the direction we were taking.”

Coinciding with the album release, Harm’s Way have also announced a headlining tour with Fleshwater, Ingrown, and Jivebomb this fall, their first in four years. The tour kicks off October 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and wraps on November 16th in Kansas City, Missouri. Dates and cities for the run are listed below.

Get tickets – HERE

Harm’s Way, Fleshwater, Ingrown, Jivebomb tour dates:
Oct 18: Milwaukee, WI – X-Ray Arcade
Oct 19: St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Oct 20: Louisville, KY – Portal
Oct 21: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Oct 22: Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Oct 24: Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
Oct 25: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Oct 27: Brooklyn, NY – Monarch
Oct 28: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Oct 29: Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct 30: Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 31: Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Nov 01: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell
Nov 03: Dallas, TX – Studio at The Factory
Nov 04: Austin, TX – Mohawk
Nov 05: Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Nov 07: Phoenix, AZ – The Nile
Nov 08: Las Vegas, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall
Nov 09: Los Angeles, CA – 1720
Nov 10: San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Nov 11: Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman Street
Nov 12: Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
Nov 14: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Nov 15: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Nov 16: Kansas City, MO – RecordBar

Common Suffering is due out September 29th via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

Common Suffering Track Listing:

  1. Silent Wolf
  2. Denial
  3. Hollow Cry
  4. Devour
  5. Undertow
  6. Heaven’s Call
  7. Cyanide
  8. Terrorizer
  9. Sadist Guilt
  10. Wanderer
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