Swain
Howl


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan Minnesota CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
August 1st, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kurt Ballou's Euro Vacation

Kurt Ballou's impressive production CV is enough to warrant listening to any band he gets behind the mixing desk for. His work on Dutch band This Routine is Hell's Howl sounds rather predictable while still boasting the sensational qualities of the Converge guitarist. Far-removed from metalcore, TRIH's brevity in post-hardcore construct is phenomenal (average song length is less than 2-minutes), not least because they stray far from the generic trappings of breakdowns and inaudible screeching. Numbers like "Nostalgia", "Shiver", and "Cancer" go a long way towards establishing replay value, each containing something in the way of an accessible guitar riff or pounding rhythmic sequence to worm into. With that being the case however, Howl can feel undercooked at only 20-minutes long, while the metallic tendencies Kurt Ballou are well known for are all but abandoned for more subtle instrumentation and poignancy. If you found yourself appreciating Kvelertak's Meir, then consider giving Howl a listen to see a more restrained alternative.



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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2014


4154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

where are the new releases even at yo

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BigPleb
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Nice bump bb.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2014


4154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have a sad cum

DrJohn
July 31st 2014


580 Comments


Concise, mind pos




ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2014


4154 Comments


Oh look, a soundoff!


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Mort.
July 31st 2014


4589 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bored the tits off me . I remember this sounding really stale. Good review tho

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zaruyache
July 31st 2014


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A wild Soundoff appears

deathschool
July 31st 2014


13034 Comments


Pos

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Supercoolguy64
July 31st 2014


3327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I was gonna do this, but then poobutt Jordan had to beat me

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RogueNine
July 31st 2014


1567 Comments


Lowborn, is that you?

Supercoolguy64
July 31st 2014


3327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wut

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2014


4154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the attack of the 4 sentence reviews

deathschool
July 31st 2014


13034 Comments


As long as it's more than 3.

Pajolero
August 1st 2014


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I like this.

North0House2
August 1st 2014


5901 Comments


This album's pretty rad. I just wish it were longer, and a little more varied. But hey, I guess it's good they kept it short if it's like this. If it were much longer it'd get a little repetitive, so it's solid the way it is.

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SharkEthic
August 1st 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Hailing from Sweden, his work on This Routine is Hell's Howl..."



The band's Dutch, not Swedish...unless you're referring to Kurt Ballou (as the construction of the

sentence would suggest), in which case, that's also wrong.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2014


4154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my racism mixed those countries together whoops

FourthDyke
August 1st 2014


367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a marginally enjoyable snoozer

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2014


2227 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty great album, I've found myself coming back to it more and more.

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Supercoolguy64
August 1st 2014


3327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NOSTALGIA BUUUUUUURNS



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