Damning, sinister, brooding and even psychedelic are some words that can be used to describe Howls of Ebb and their new release Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows. Howls of Ebb take black metal and death metal and distort them to create something that is almost unrecognizable. You certainly hear both of the genres at work, but what you get out of it is something that you may or may not have heard before. Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is a mysterious album that takes you through the darkened alleys of your mind and twists and turns in completely unexpected ways.
There is no possible way to pin point exactly what is going to happen next. This release contorts itself so much and slithers down several avenues that you just have to get use to expecting the unexpected. As diverse and unpredictable as Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows can be, it still is entirely memorable and sticks with you after you are done listening.
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is unique by all standards and push the boundaries of each of the genres that they sew in. Nothing within this release is straight forward and nothing is done by the book what so ever. And with that being said, the more chaotic and unpredictable releases are the most memorable. Like a leech this album latches on to your brain and never lets go, and for days you will be hearing the harrowing sounds of Howls of Ebb.
Howls of Ebb are brooding and menacing when need be and completely brutalizing and head caving when needed as well. They balance both elements very well keeping you on your toes. Throughout this record you never hear the same thing twice, and with all but one song clocking in over the five minute mark Howls of Ebb give you plenty to think about.
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows does a great job submerging you in vivid nightmarish soundscapes as well. This release takes a hold of you and grips you tight with shadowy clawed hand and plunges you deeper into schizophrenia. Much like doom is psychedelic in a way that it takes your mind to trippy soundscapes, this album transports you to soundscapes that are teeming with ghoulish figures and rabid hell hounds.
Not only does Howls of Ebb shatter your psyche with paranoid riffs, tumultuous drumming, thick menacing bass lines and demonic vocals, they also supply a suffocating amount of atmosphere as well. They inject odd noises (including what sounds like cemetery bells to signal your doom) that further instill a feeling of dread and supplies you with an apocalyptic sound all together.
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is a maddening release that shape shifts all throughout giving you different looks and different sounds all the time. Even though the run times are long, Howls of Ebb keep your attention all throughout. Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is monolithic and demands your full attention.