Fuzz, stoner, hard rock, space rock, psychedelia, tripped out jams…it’s all here. Howling Giant certainly make an impression with their well-crafted music.
This is rock ‘n’ roll that’s gloriously full of life and character. Like a less drunkenly belligerent Orange Goblin, with less-gruff vocals, Howling Giant could be that unrivalled band’s apprentices in some ways, although I must confess that this description is still a bit misleading. Although Howling Giant are every bit as infectious as their spiritual masters, they also have a wider-reaching sound too.
This has seriously impressed me. Howling Giant are everything that’s good about stoner-influenced rock. Most music like this is hideously derivative, but not this; the music here is reminiscent of certain styles and bands of course, (what isn’t – hence my above comparison), but their sound is so beautifully wrought and expertly realised that they easily carve a position for themselves in the crowded rock landscape.
The songs are lush and rich, textured with keen musical nuances and a good deal of shaded delivery. This music is a first class example of a band playing a well-worn style without sounding well-worn themselves. How they achieve this is a mystery hidden within their riffs and surprisingly varied delivery. I will just have to keep listening to them until I get to the bottom of things…
If you only get one rock release this week/month/year, then make sure it’s this. Actually get two, and pick up Part 1 as well. Well worth it.
Essential for fuzzy rock fans everywhere.