Blowing out your speakers and filling your head with more fuzz than you can handle is Howling Giant and their new EP titled Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1. With a name such as Howling Giant and with a name such as the one that they gave to their EP you can expect big things, and Howling Giant delivers. Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 is only four songs long and twenty-one total minutes but within those minutes you get a menagerie of sounds that come together to create mystical soundscapes and a wondrous story.
The point of this EP being part one is that this is the first installment of a series of three-so far-and with the story just beginning here and with so much packed into this release one can only wonder what is going to happen in the next two EPs that follow this story line. We can only speculate what we will be getting in the next few EPs, but what we have here right at this moment is a massive and monstrous sounding EP that wraps you up in everything that it has to offer.
Howling Giant mixes and mashes several different genres together including: rock, doom, thrash an others. Howling Giant incorporates all of these sounds and weaves them together very well to create a unique sound that is wholly captivating. When you press play you get sucked into the cosmic void along with everyone else in the world when the Black Hole Space Wizard attacks. Sooner or later you end up getting lost in the music and you just end up listening over and over again as you float around in the abyss of the cosmos.
Since this is a story each song plays off of one another very well even if the songs don’t sound anything alike. All four songs sound incredibly different and through listening you never know what you will be getting next really. What you can expect is for each song to be massive and to create wondrous soundscapes that you can zone out and get lost in. Each of the four songs are incredibly groove filled, smooth, cosmic and ultimately every song gets stuck in your head to the point where your mind itself is floating around in its own cosmic wonderland.
Not only can Howling Giant play cosmic and fuzzed out rock and doom but they can hit you with a thrash sound that blows the doors off of the hinges. For example, the first two songs are progressive and low and slow, and then all of the sudden they kick it into high gear with the third installment titled Dirtmouth and you get flattened by a thrash attack. Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 is a highly versatile EP that has so much crammed into it and it all just works so fucking well. You get cosmic doom, fuzzed out rock, progressive elements and skin shredding thrash to boot all in one. All of that combined with great lyrics and storytelling makes for a compelling and highly memorable listen.
Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 is a charismatic, unique and all encompassing listen. It gets you interested in the story being told and all at the same time you get to headbang until your heart is content, and then start all over again. You can find just about everything in here, and since this is just the beginning it will be exciting to see what happens next and what we get to hear next in the next installment. For now, we have this cosmic piece to listen to until our mind is either so full of fuzz or dark matter that we can’t think straight.
Take a listen to the song Mothership from Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1.
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Finally, Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1 will be out on August 12, 2016.