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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:06 pm    Post subject: HOWLS OF EBB - Vigils Of The 3rd Eye Reply with quote



HOWLS OF EBB - Vigils Of The 3rd Eye CD

HOWLS OF EBB play limbonic black death metal, conjured from the nightmarish Spheres of Void existing between anguish and fear, and shaped into an astonishing album titled "Vigils Of The 3rd Eye."
They are the Illucid Illuminati of the Dark, the black conspirators of Decay, eaters of shadows, whirling dervishes of cinder and rust...
There's nothing else you need to know, except that HOWLS OF EBB's debut album, "Vigils Of The 3rd Eye" will be released in late February / early March 2014 via I, Voidhanger Records.

Track list:

1. Imperial Prophets
2. Martian Terrors, Limbonic Steps
3. Opulent Ghouls... Blessed Be Thy End
4. The Arc. The Vine. The Blight
5. Of Heel, Cyst And Lung
6. The Deep Well
7. Vigils Of The 3rd Eye
8. Illucid Illuminati Of The Dark
9. The Devious Nectar - Purgatory Reprisal

LISTEN to the SoundCloud preview track, "Of Heel, Cyst And Lung":
https://soundcloud.com/i-voidhanger-records/howls-of-ebb-of-heel-cyst-and
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Release date: March 3rd, 2014

First review courtesy of FORBIDDEN MAGAZINE (8/10)

"...Much like how Gorguts confused and mesmerized metalheads with their Obscura album, Howls of Ebb delivers a similar result in aesthetics but with their off-kilter atonal riffing with blackened death metal vocalizations and galloping drums. Occasional clean guitar ambiance meshes with the chaos to convey a narrative unity. The result is definitely something different in itself..."

http://forbidden-magazine.com/2014/01/howls-of-ebb-vigils-of-the-3rd-eye/#.Ut-6tvQuKc8
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange and intriguing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Solitude wrote:
Strange and intriguing.


Glad you liked it. In the meantime a new review appeared at Worm Gear zine:

<<Enveloped and empowered by the rancid earth covering death metal’s long dead ancient ones, California’s Howls of Ebb claw their way up from obscurity. Though the past may indeed give Howls of Ebb sustenance, Vigils of the 3rd Eye is an impressive debut full-length that acts as a mighty statement of originality that hints at influences, but triumphs over them to obtain and sustain this bands own truly unique voice.

Having been sitting with this release for a week now, I find myself returning to it daily, for the dark recesses of Howls of Ebb’s ghastly atmosphere is malevolent in ways that touch on the exalted bones of old Demilich and Order From Chaos, yet rarely sound like either band. The riffs are serpentine as they snake through tormented tremolo melodies as on the fast and effective “Opulent Ghouls” before upholding the dynamic pulse and push of “The Arc. The Vine. The Blight.” as that track erupts into acidic guitar layers that torture the forces of melody into a fit of chaos. The delivery and the musical/guitar ideas are pleasingly atypical in their own right, but what further takes Hows of Ebb’s sound to the next dimension is the guitar tone. I think we are all quite used to the thick as a free range bison guitar tone that has many roots in Scandinavian soil, so this has become a standard fair for modern death metal to perpetuate. It seems that Howls of Ebb have also noticed the years of sonic complacency and approached their sound from a different angle that was initially confusing, but after repeated listens, it strikes me as the perfect fit. The guitar tone walks the line between veiled distortion and a clean buzz at the same time. The results are downright demented and completely unique. Every note is audible and this surprisingly diverse sound rips at your senses for the speed and heavy segments of aggression, and feels just as vital when the layers of metal punishment are stripped back for quieter moments of music as found on tracks like “Of Heel, Cyst and Lung” to accentuate and balance this power trio’s songwriting inventiveness. The thriving hive of sound is further tied together by a complex and infinitely interesting drum performance (many atypical beats hurl this music along nicely) and the haunted vocals of guitarist zEleFtANd. His delivery is centred on dank, deep and abysmal moans/whispers for a throaty demonic diatribe. It all boils together nicely and sets this band apart from so many other bands coming up these days that cling to their satanic and convoluted tones that finds a vast share of their music blending together in a detuned wash of redundancy.

Vigils of the 3rd Eye is a challenging and endlessly entertaining strike of imaginative death metal. From the hand painted artwork adorning this body of work, HoE are an organic and infinitely dark entity of corrupted sounds. Quite the impressive debut indeed.>>

A new preview track will be up online very soon.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to hear this whole album, the song online (checked out from Worm Gear site) is interesting.

There is an appeal here for sure, also though a slight worry if it's only the one song that is killer and the rest less so... if it gets too 'lost' in artistic oddity. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Demoniarch wrote:
I'd like to hear this whole album, the song online (checked out from Worm Gear site) is interesting.

There is an appeal here for sure, also though a slight worry if it's only the one song that is killer and the rest less so... if it gets too 'lost' in artistic oddity. Wink


"Artistic oddity"? Hope it's an euphemism for "something better than your average death/black metal"!

Once the CD is out, the whole thing will be available for streaming at Bandcamp, and it will become clear that we're in front of an amazing debut.

In the meantime you can have another taste of the album, this is called "Illucid Illuminati Of The Dark":

https://soundcloud.com/i-voidhanger-records/howls-of-ebb-illucid
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, something like that... I did enjoy this band/song I suppose more than I would some average standard death/black recap/repeat etc etc. I think I immediately thought about Time Ghoul at first, kinda reminded me of that album that was rebirthed from the past.

I like the strangely artistic style.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't like the first sample too much but the new one is fucked up in a great way.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great review in the current issue (#57) of ZERO TOLERANCE.

5 out of 6 - Exceptional


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really digging the second sample, especially the part that begins at about 2:53.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any plans for Vinyl? I can't stop listening to these tracks....finally something interesting in this genre.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool second song sample. I like this weirdness.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RN wrote:
Any plans for Vinyl? I can't stop listening to these tracks....finally something interesting in this genre.


Well, the album has been specifically mastered for vinyl, so it is in our plans, we just don't know when. First we want to see how the CD will be welcomed.

I will post a new track soon.
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