Mastermind Davide Tiso’s new band Howling Sycamore is set to release their self-titled debut on Jan 26, 2018.
For those that don’t know, Davide has been around for quite a while, playing guitar in the bands Ephel Duath and Gospel of the Witches. Rounding out this dense piece of work is drummer Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist, Obscura) and vocalist Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys).
This may give you an idea of what you are in for; veterans in their own right. Each song is easily approachable, but the return listen is where you discover the gems hidden within. Somewhere in this mindscape is extreme metal drumming, mixed with progressive guitar elements and classic metal vocals. Davide’s guitar playing is of course as strong as ever, taking a life of its own within the eight songs presented.
Other things that stand out is the raw, large sounding drums which are not compressed, giving it an immense sound of chaos to come.
The final touch is the old school sounding metal vocals, which can be haunting at times such as on the song Let Fall is the second single release. You can feel the emotion pouring out midway giving it an eerie atmosphere.
This album reminds me of the days when you went to the record store, bought an album and rushed home to lock yourself in your room and played the music loud to enjoy music for journey it took you on.
These songs that Howling Sycamore present are truly unique and each can holds it weight; which is a rich environment for fans looking to widen their metal listening experience.
Check out the video for “Let Fall” by Howling Sycamore
- Obstinate Pace
- Let Fall
- Chant of Stillness
- Descent to Light
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Review by Rene Botello for Rock All Photography Music Magazine
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