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We Are Harlot: We Are Harlot

Former teen-metal icon parties like it’s 1989.

Before he put together We Are Harlot, Danny Worsnop used to sing in Asking Alexandria. For anyone over the age of 14, that band were standard bearers for the inexplicably popular ‘metalcore’ movement – a kind of training-bra scene for anyone too old for One Direction but too young for everything else.

Thankfully, at the ripe old age of 25, Worsnop has had a road to Damascus moment. We Are Harlot tap into the music of his parents: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison. Even more suprisingly, it’s utterly convincing.

Dancing On Nails and the barrelling Easier To Leave wouldn’t have sounded out of place on MTV in 1989, while I Tried is an honest-to-god power ballad, complete with gloriously unironic wailing guitar solo.

A few unwanted shadows of his past remain – the guttural roars on The One – but we’ll let that slide. It’s no Pyromania or Hysteria. But it might be their High And Dry./o:p

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Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.