Howl - "Howl" (CD/EP)
"Howl" track listing:
1. And The Gnawing... (5:19)
2. Oma (4:06)
3. Kings That Steal (4:32)
Reviewed by tankakern on August 13, 2009
Howl is a band that is pretty new in the metal scene, but their self-titled first offering is a crushing amalgamation of colossal riffage, brooding vocals, and excellent drumming that is, hopefully, a taste of things to come.
Though only three songs long, “Howl” is a devastating album. With a hard hitting intro, the riffing consists of a lot of down-tuned chugging and groovy stoner riffs, but Howl throws some long, drawn-out riffs into the mix (particularly in "And The Gnawing" and "Oma") that, in some cases, are faintly reminiscent of black metal.
The drumming is of a very high caliber and consists of complex fills and splashing cymbals, perfectly mixing with the guitar work. The vocals also stand out considerably on this album, consisting of dark growling and poignant wailing.
The only problem I have with this album is that it is so short! Howl has shown itself highly adept in the stoner metal genre. Hopefully, the releases to come are as good as this colossus of an EP.
Highs: Crushing riffs with complex, splashy drumming.
Lows: It's so short!
Bottom line: An excellent stoner metal album that hopefully foreshadows a positive career for Howl.
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