Friday, January 26, 2018

Howling Sycamore "Howling Sycamore"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Avant Garde Metal
Label: Prosthetic Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 26, 2018
1. Upended (6:48)
2. Obstinate Pace (5:42)
3. Let Fall (5:21)
4. Intermezzo (1:04)
5. Midway (5:54)
6. Chant Of Stillness (4:28)
7. Descent To Light (5:24)
8. Dysphoria (2:57)

Total Time 37:38

Jason McMaster (WatchTower, Dangerous Toys) - vocals
Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) - guitars, bass, ukulele
Hannes Grossman (Necrophagist, Obscura) - drums
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House) - baritone saxophone (1, 2)
Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dyshythmia) - guitar solo (1, 5)
Fester (Burials, Humorous) - guitar solo (3)
Fabian Vestod - drums (8)

The end product might not immediately make sense to everyone. The melodies are weird, yet conventional somehow. The drumming is distincly in the style of Hannes’s technical work, but the production is like old-school avant-garde. And the singing, Jason Mcmaster’s voice is power metal gone weird. The band somehow skirt the line between familiar enough to be cheesy and bizarre enough to be “too much”, yet don’t fall into either trap. Instead, they’re consistently unsettling while being oddly listenable. The uncomfortable place the listening experience puts one in is exactly the reason why this album is so brilliant. I’ve went in circles trying to convey that feeling, but in the end it’s hard to put to words. Which is why you should go listen to Howling Sycamore right now. It’s the cleverest album of the month and while still being so fun to listen to. (heavyblogisheavy.com)

Also read the review by Jonathon Rose at metalwani.com



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