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The Howling Wind is a two-man project by Ryan Lipinsky from New York-based psychedelic and occult-themed sludge metal band Unearthly Trance and the drummer from Aldbaran, a Lovecraft-themed doom/drone band from Portland, Oregon. Their 2007 album 'Pestilence and Peril' is essentially an exercise in punky and chaotic, Darkthrone-esque, mid-to fast-tempo black metal with an emphasis on bouncy grooves and menacing atmosphere, though there also frequent excursions into slow, plodding sludge territory that are wholly reminiscent of Unearthly Trance's output.
There are also plenty of mid-tempo doom riffs worked into the mix, along with cavernous and static-heavy passages of industrial ambience, and the album has an appropriately raw and fuzzy production and excellent song progression throughout. It's a simplistic but wholly engaging album, with the darkly atmospheric and unpolished music augmented by the raw, washed-out screamed vocals that sit low in the mix. The band's first and only full length release to date, 'Pestilence and Peril' is a hugely enjoyable album, highly recommended to fans of Darkthrone, Unearthly Trance and Celtic Frost.
1. Projections 02:22
2. Sin Continuum 07:57
3. Virulence 33 05:30
4. Southaven 02:06
5. Stealth Eugencis 06:04
6. Forced Into The Pits Of Technology 10:06
7. Deadlands 07:18
8. The Inevitable Conclusion 05:18
Total playing time 46:41