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Howler: World Of Joy [Album Review]

Words by Carlos Duarte.

Harnessing the raw energy of punk and garage rock, Minnesota’s Howler return with a rambunctious sophomore album that is sure to unleash everyone’s inner rebel.

From the get go, the energy the foursome exudes is electrifying, and for the most part, doesn’t let up. Once the dirty guitars on opener ‘Al’s Corral’ come to life, you find yourself entranced by an infectious riff and brash vocals that act as the ideal precursor to the insane pace of ‘Drip’. Here, the winning combination of fierce distortion and turbulent drumming makes for an ambience that is heavily reminiscent of 70’s punk.

Most of the tracks on World Of Joy run at just around the two and a half minute mark, boasting tight arrangements and song writing. First single, ‘Don’t Wanna’ shines thanks to a chorus that brims with defiant lyrics like “you don’t have to be anyone if you don’t want to, you don’t have to get that job if you don’t want to…” ensuring the rowdiness that on the record is maintained. Other highlights include infatuation anthem ‘Louise’ and ‘Indictment’, where the skills of new drummer Rory MacMurdo are emphasised nicely.

Clocking in at just under half an hour, World of Joy is a whirlwind experience that whisks you away to a place where loud and proud reign supreme. Not afraid to start a ruckus, Howler have presented an effort that gives you plenty of reasons to hit the replay button again and again.

Rating: ★★★☆

World Of Joy is available now, from iTunes.

Howler have just kicked off a massive UK, USA & CAN, World Of Joy Tour. Find those details here. |

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