Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Generation Of Vipers - 'Howl And Filth' (Album Review)


By: Aaron Pickford


Album Type: Full Length
Release Date: 5/06/2012
Label: Translation Loss,
Red Witch Recordings




Howl and Filth is one of parasitism, a relationship that is mutually beneficial to one and destructive to the other, meaning that Generation of Vipers co-exist in a symbiotic relationship in which they are the parasite feeding on you, the listener (the host), causing you unspeakable harm in the process.


‘Howl & Filth’ CD//DDLP tracklisting

1). Ritual (7:52)
2). Silent Shroud (6:32)
3). All Of This Is Mine (2:55)
4). Eternal (4:08)
5). Slow Burn (7:57)
6). The Misery Coil (9:09)

Generation of Vipers is:

B.J. Graves | Percussion, Drums
Josh "Asa" Holt | Guitar, Piano and Vocals
Travis Kammeyer | Bass Guitar

The Review:

So to start this review, a little history lesson for you.  Jesus, yes Jesus, used the expression "offspring (or generation) of vipers" in reference to the religious leaders of his day. Jesus was simply using this characteristic of a snake to help his listeners understand that they needed to use caution and discernment when preaching, since there were many enemies of the good news at that time.  Anyway, you may asking yourself, do I really care?  The reason I mention it, is because, before you start the record, I have to advise you, to use caution and your own judgement when you approach this record, and those people with a nervous disposition, stop reading now, because ‘Howl and Filth’ engenders a feeling of foreboding or dread within you, a feeling of impending evil or fearful expectation or anticipation.     

Let us be clear, the first time I listened to this album, I was in my car, on the motorway/highway, and I have to say I was blown away, gob smacked or godsmacked.  This record is some of the tightest, heaviest and most powerful metal you’re likely to hear this year.  Yes! I have probably said this before, however the main difference is the drumming.  It is a central feature and the foundation of the record, a watershed in heavy metal.  B.J. Graves on the drums is at the forefront of everything that is good on this album and that is a rare thing.  If there was a man of the match award for performances, he’d be the recipient.  He is a fuckin’ beast of a drummer. 

Kicking off the album with a passage of tribal drumming reminiscent to that of Neurosis and building to an ungodly crescendo, the tone and mood of the record is set from the very first minute of the record.  What we have is tons of atmosphere and spine chilling ambience, on top of heavyweight guitars, low end bass and guttural, menacing vocals.   The album envelops you with its holistic approach, emphasising an organic feel to the record and the functional relationship between the band members as individuals and their undoubted talents, but also meaning that when they come together, Generation of Vipers are a truly terrifying proposition.  ‘Howl and Filth’ emphasises the band’s interdependence, or symbiosis, meaning that when they unleash the full force of their sound, you are literally knocked on your arse, making this an album of true power and muscle. Howl and Filth is one of parasitism, a relationship that is mutually beneficial to one and destructive to the other, meaning that Generation of Vipers co-exist in a symbiotic relationship in which they are the parasite feeding on you, the listener (the host), causing you unspeakable harm in the process. 

Howl and Filth is a juggernaut, a crushing force that destroys and demands your complete self sacrifice.  The payoff is that if you do, you are rewarded in spades!!  This is a stellar record, which demands your complete and full attention.  A definite 10 out of 10 for me. I love this record and I am confident you will too.  Buy it now!

Howl and Filth’ is available here



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