14 July, 2012

Full Album Stream: The Howling Wind: Of Babalon – new album


Hurry up and listen to the new THE HOWLING WIND (minus the hidden bonus track) right here at Invisible Oranges until July 17th, 2012 when ‘Of Babalon’ is due via that fine and dedicated label Profound Lore Records. After listening to ‘Of Babalon’, recorded with Colin Marston, you’ll be impatient to hear the hidden bonus track as well – and you’ll be able to if ordereth the album here (Profound Lore Records):

“The most scathing HOWLING WIND album to date, and the most scathing, vicious and primal album that guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (he of UNEARTHLY TRANCE, THRALLDOM, THE SERPENTINE PATH and one of the most underrated and prominent musicians in the underground today) has been involved with, ‘Of Babalon’ sees THE HOWLING WIND (also comprised of ALDEBARAN drummer/vocalist Tim “Parasitic” Call as the band's other half) unleash their most searing work yet. An album in which Lipynsky has even dubbed one of his musical triumphs, ‘Of Babalon’ is a genuine black metal vision that hails from the American wastelands, a vision which paints an ominous picture of the fall and destruction of mankind. A continuation of the themes and visions explored with their previous albums, ‘Pestilence & Peril’ and ‘Into The Cryosphere’ respectively, ‘Of Babalon’ is a further exploration and examination of the religious, occult, and metaphysical. Where ‘Into The Cryosphere’ was that mirror where the downfall of mankind was reflected through a kingdom of ice, ‘Of Babalon’ is that unholy reflection through a kingdom of blood and fire,” [dwells deep the label, Profound Lore:]

THE HOWLING WIND: The Mountain View – courtesy of Profound Lore Records

Black metal side project as expressed by Ryan Lipynsky and Tim Call, THE HOWLING WIND's debut album, 2007's ‘Pestilence & Peril’, was apparently “well received in the extreme metal press”, according to AllMusic. “Killusion” and “Parasitus Nex” – as Lipynsky and Call were known back then – released ‘Into The Cryosphere’ next, in 2010:

“Lipynsky's guitar work is quite technically skilled, occasionally heading into the dissonant, even disorienting territory heard on KRALLICE's two albums, and ‘Impossible Eternity’ [album's sixth track] features some psychedelic effects, in addition to creepy chanted vocals in the background of the mix. Nex's drumming is sometimes rudimentary, but at other times, his patient timekeeping is more effective than a showier performer would have been. This is an album that demands to be heard as a single half-hour suite rather than a collection of discrete songs,” [recommended Phil Freeman, AllMusic – more here]

And, courtesy the label, you can do just that without troubling yourselves too much; listen to the whole ‘Into The Cryosphere’ here (BandCamp) or via player embedded below. And then buy the album here (Profound Lore):


THE HOWLING WIND: Into The Cryosphere

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