In no way putting down the genre, we just adore the simplicity of Howling Giant‘s latest EP. Long introductions that pound across a single chord with minimal guitar ostinato patterns slowly building into a cacophony. Standard drums that slowly grow into fill after fill, rolls and syncopation, accents and driving flails which begin to utilise more than one crash cymbal, revealing an array of tin across the drum kit. A sample here and there. A wah-wah ridden guitar solo. Complexity appears, but simplicity is its father.
Riffology continues to be studied in the second track, ‘Pioneer’, with a fuzz heavy bass riff and doubled vocals, a hint of keyboard here and there before the dulled distorted guitar comes in and brings the dynamic up again. There’s Black Sabbath in here and a plethora of other greats.
Howling Giant are touting this EP as Part 2 of three in a trilogy story exploring the movements of a character called ‘The Pioneer’, the protagonist, the last of Mankind. ‘Visions’ contains such lyrical beauty as “Whisper the leaves, the words unveil the eyes of God, I’ve seen an angel burned alive”. The whole EP contains equal beauty throughout its lyrical content.
Clarity is the watchword for the quality of the recording. Everything is wonderfully clear and bright. ‘The Forest Speaks’ gives us an unexpected respite with classical guitar and saxophone, almost Bowie-esque in its melodic content. How is this sound coming out of Nashville, Tennessee?
Final track ‘Earth Wizard’ is a seven and a half minute epic drudge of positivity with a tempo lift and sonic rise at the end to close the entire EP.
I’m at a bit of a loss for words; Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 is consistent gold from start to finish. If you like spacey stoner-rock music then it is imperative that you buy this. Howling Giant are the Caravaggio’s of their genre.
Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 by Howling Giant is self-released on 25th August 2017.