As the album’s name suggests, ‘Howl And Filth’ is an indulgence in angry metal/hardcore music. The 2011 album by the band delves deep into the unpleasant side of artistic and creative music, offering up an incredibly visceral and dark album experience. Slightly more experimental than other bands working within the genre, Generation of Vipers create small sounds that start off quiet and build up into mad crashing crescendos of heavy guitar riffs and loud angry vocals. It is quintessentially metal music at the core of everything, but there’s something creative about the music being offered by Generation of Vipers, who don’t seem to be afraid of trying out different ideas and techniques, making ‘Howl And Filth’ a fairly strong album.
In many ways, ‘Howl And Filth’ doesn’t vary all that much from the typical metal album, but there’s still something creative being offered by the band, which is more than can be said about most bands (not just in the metal genre). Everything is of course angry and pissed off, with at times the lead vocalist screaming and howling admits the incredibly heavy guitar and bass riffs. Something about the pure and raw energy of the music draws you in and traps you within a cage of misery and self-loathing. To those who enjoy the metal genre, there’s certainly an incredibly enjoyable element to Generation of Viper’s music, whose raw passion comes across well in the music, presenting it in a strong way. There’s even a nice range on the album, as it seems to give a chance for varying experimental ideas, such as incorporating other instruments not normally seen in metal music. It keeps the whole album incredibly interesting and horrifically exciting.
The main problems with ‘Howl And Filth’ are the same as many problems bands have within the genre. Like many who have preceded them, and will most likely succeed them, Generation of Vipers fall into the trap of writing fairly repetitive music where each track sounds fairly similar in some way or another. Although there’s a few sections or moments in most of the songs that is different in some ways, it always seems to come back to the heavy pounding riffs and screaming vocals that sounds the same as every other song that tries it. There’s still something highly enjoyable about it all, as it allows one to just indulge in visceral emotions, but it’s still sad to see that there’s not a great deal of creativity within this particular musical idea.
Overall though, Generation of Vipers’ have certainly produced a strong and angry album, with ‘Howl And Filth’ managing to do most of what the band as initially intended. It’s an enjoyable and angry album that is most likely going to please fans in the metal genre, as it simply manages to tick most of the boxes of what is wanted in the genre. It is flawed by one or two little mishaps, but the overall album still comes across as strong. Certainly Generation of Vipers have a lot to offer the genre, and will most likely continue to do so with their subsequent albums. It will certainly be interesting to see if they can maintain that raw energy present in their current music.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
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Generation of Viper’s 2011 album ‘Howl And Filth’ is out now and can be purchased at: http://generationofvipers.bandcamp.com/album/howl-and-filth