Howl
Full of Hell


2.5
average

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 9th, 2010 | 9 replies | 8,408 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Definitely nothing new or original here but this album will satisfy fans of Mastodon's early days and all the other "new school" sludge bands.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

With album art like this, who wouldn't be interested to see how the band sounds? "Full of Hell" is the debut full length of Rhode Island's stoner/sludge quartet, Howl. They definitely try to deliver with the hell but it feels a little stale at times. Through out this album you will hear a ton of riffs that sound pretty similar to those you have heard by HoF, Mastodon and Baroness.

The first track "Horns of Steel" begins with a slow burning riff and evolves into a raging battle roar. The vocals are a bit distant but still pack a gravely punch. It's a nice opener and the first time through the album, I thought they might be onto something. The production is pretty much on, it's not too clean but the drums just seem to sound flat a lot of the time. Overall I think the production fits the style well, just the drums could have more punch. "Jezebel" is one of the better tracks on this album. It kicks off to a nice pace but once the vocals kick in, everything slows down to a hateful crawl. "The Scorpion's Last Sting" sticks out, with the evil tremolo picked intro meeting up with the Matt Pike styled riffery. The closing track, "Day of Rest" is a crushing ten minute onslaught.

"Full of Hell" fulfills what it set out to do but lacks some creativity and veterans of the genre might grow tired of it. It's hard to give this more than a 2.5 but when I think about all the other horrible bands playing "metal" but I was a little tempted. The album really has nothing new to offer and loses what flavor it has pretty fast.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010



8327 Comments


nice little review, but I don't know if I'll check this out. Sounds a bit too standard.

Also, a small suggestion from me would be to move the first two sentences of the final paragraph to the former. They kind of feel redundant being placed where they are atm.

BallsToTheWall
June 10th 2010



44164 Comments


Solid band/review. Need this.

Blindsided
June 10th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stuffs okay.

Wizard
June 10th 2010



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They definitely deliver with the hell but it feels a little stale at times. To be fair, I read in an interview that the band set out to make this album a tribute to the bands who inspired them to make music. That still doesn't give them an excuse to slouch in creativity.

Oh man, this is one of the best things I've read in a review in a very long time. Couldn't agree more. Great mini-review, not much to really say about this album tbqh. It's fun to go cruising to.

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Bleekill
June 10th 2010



832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks to the people who pos'd. I redid the last paragraph a little. Yeah, it's a short review just because there isn't a lot for me to say about this one. I think I summarized it decently.

Sevhead
June 18th 2010



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm listening to this for the first time, maybe it's a bit early to comment. I get what everyone's talking about, how it's a tad unoriginal, but it's pretty darn solid, especially for a debut!

SteelErectedb4you8er
July 26th 2010



2616 Comments


I will tell you guys that once you see them live, you will know what it is all about. I just saw them tonight in some tiny little room that was some church hang out place. The riffs sound nice and loud.

Sevhead
September 16th 2010



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

That's wicked, I'm hoping to see them in Richmond.

kangaroopoo
September 16th 2010



3175 Comments


Good sound but there are few standout tracks.



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