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Howl - "Howl" (CD/EP)

Howl - "Howl" CD/EP cover image

"Howl" track listing:

1. And The Gnawing... (5:19)
2. Oma (4:06)
3. Kings That Steal (4:32)

Reviewed by on August 13, 2009

"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."

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.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)