"Howl- Full of Hell" Review

Review: Howl is a sludge/stoner metal band from Rhode Island. The guitars chug away with a filthy tone that is very fitting for the sound that Howl is going for. The band takes the heavier vocal approach compared to some of the genre greats. Vocals mainly consist of growls and are very unrelenting. They aren't afraid to delve into realms that are more melodic than their comfort zone implies, and this is a good thing that in a way freshens up the sound. Overall their sound reminds me of a somewhat harsher Mastodon. The majority of the album is midpaced but when the speed does pick up it makes the sound all the more interesting. The drumming on Full of Hell is very powerful and plays a key part in Howl's sound. Given that the bottom end on this album is dominant the bass plays it's part at thickening up the sound and making it all the more heavy. For a first full-length this slays, Howl shows so much potential. I'm looking forward to their next release and I'm sure after you give it a listen you will be too.

-Sadistic Shawn

Band: Howl, Genre: Sludge/Stoner, Year: 2010, Label: Relapse Records