Very rarely does a band come a long that you can’t really apply some sort of label. It’s usually a reference point to get someone started on what they’re about to hear. I could tell you Howls of Ebb sound like Portal, Morbid Angel, Incantation, or about twenty other bands. However, by simply applying a ‘this band sounds like XYZ’ comparison to this band, they deserve to be heard all on their own with no preconceived notions.
Howls of Ebb comes to us from San Francisco with the superb Curus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows. The band consists of just two members, Zee-Luuuvft-Huund (Patrick Brown) and drummer Roteen’ Blisssss (Zach Wells) – a remarkable fact considering the band’s stylistic breadth. Throughout this album, you will find references to all the bands I mentioned in the intro paragraph. However, there’s more to Howls of Ebb than just taking all of their influences and tossing them into a blender. They’re are actually songs here unlike anything I’ve heard before. Blast beats in “The 6th Octopul’th Grin”, the slow Morbid Angel-esque gallop of “Cabals of of Molder”, and the headfuck of “Subliminal Lock_A Precursor to V” all are unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Sure, it may take you a few listens to get into this, but when you do, watch out.
This album will wash over you and give you goose bumps as if you’ve just witnessed something horrifying. I can’t help but think that was the intent all along.
The release of Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is a joint venture by I, Voidhanger Records (CD), Nuclear War Now! (LP), and Caligari (cassette). Listen and buy!!!