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Howls From The Hills

Dead Meadow Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Drifting Down Streams
2. Dusty Nothing
3. Jusiamere Farm
4. The White Worm
5. The One I Don't Know
6. Everything's Goin' On
7. One And Old
8. The Breeze Always Blows

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4.0 out of 5 stars more rockin psychedelia from DC's finest Dec 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A more rustic album than the last. This one is slower and more noisy. Not quite the tour-de-force of heavy phychedelic rock than the first album was. Still, worth every penny for guitar fans. Im still amazed at the quality of the recording. Its perfect.
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To continue the kitchen metaphor: Put Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Spacemen 3 and Jimi Hendrix in an 10000 megawatt blender for several decades, serve like molten lava. Will induce euphoria.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as amazing as the debut, but still good. April 27 2005
By Parkansky - Published on Amazon.com
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Dead Meadow is a band I can just pop in and be amazied by their psychadelic brilliance. Their music makes me feel that I'm in another world, or just floating in the clouds. They are heavy and light at the same time.

While Howls From The Hills is not as shockingly good as the debut, it's by no means bad. For starters, the songs "Drifting Down Streams" and "Dusty Nothing" have a acid-drenched Zeppelin groove to them. And there are a few more experimental tunes this time, such as the sitar-folk of "The One I Don't know," and the 70's doom of "One and Old." But there are a few moments that aren't as inspired as "Greensky Greenlake" and "Sleepy Silver Door." "Jusiamere Farm" is kinda dull sounding, and "The White Worm" has a first half that is just plain boring. It picks up later though.

All in all, you could call it a sophomore slump, but it's by no means horrible. Start with the debut though.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a psychedelic frying pan, whacking you repeatedly Oct. 13 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To continue the kitchen metaphor: Put Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Spacemen 3 and Jimi Hendrix in an 10000 megawatt blender for several decades, serve like molten lava. Will induce euphoria.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore effort but no slump here Aug. 17 2006
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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After their eponymous, and now equally as scarce as this, record, DM returns with a bit brighter sound. This reminds me a lot of Led Zep III. Not in the sound but in the attitude--a band stretching out past the heavier delivery to find melody and tension and release in softer textures. This is a strong album, and although many of its best songs (as from their debut) can be found on the live "Got Live" CD that follows, their studio versions work well.

What jumps out for me most is the improved vocals; much less wavering and much more confident. It may simply be the mix, and I sense some improvement's definitely occurred in the production and maybe the time spent in the studio for take 2. But, this is --perhaps just through more experience playing together--a selection of tracks with greater range in style and moods. I'd only purchase this, considering the difficulty now obtaining HFTH, after the later CDs have been collected and approved by you.

This is not where I started with the band, but if you're a committed fan, then it's certainly worth it for completists. Otherwise, the live album will probably work just fine. (I worked back from Feathers to Shivering King, made sure I liked the band, then went to find the live and then these early and rare first two records. An effort I'd do for few bands, I assure you.)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more rockin psychedelia from DC's finest Dec 7 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A more rustic album than the last. This one is slower and more noisy. Not quite the tour-de-force of heavy phychedelic rock than the first album was. Still, worth every penny for guitar fans. Im still amazed at the quality of the recording. Its perfect.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the mist Feb. 16 2006
By J. Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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For the first two minutes of Howls from the Hills you'll think you made a horrible mistake and somehow purchased a CD by some guitar-driven ambient group, as opener "Drifting Down Streams" opens with subtle feedback drones.

Then the drums kick in, Jason Simon wriggles an instantly-classic guitar riff from the haze and Dead Meadow is off again on its second album.

"Drifting Down Streams" sounds just like you think it would, lumbering through the forest alongside a babbling river like some long-lost sloth species thought to be extinct.

"Dusty Nothing" removes the layers of dust from a forgotten Led Zeppelin toss-off and gallops along behind a riff the Black Keys wish they had already written.

Where on its self-titled debut Dead Meadow sounded embryonic, here the band emerges fully formed and stamped as one of the best blues-based rock bands currently performing on earth.

The breakdown on "Jusiamere Farm" will stick with you for years and start 'sending shivers down your spine.' "The White Worm" is simply classic; when Simon bends the strings in the pre-chorus, you'll wish your CD player could repeat those three seconds for about three weeks.

"Everything's Going On" is a sped-up rollicking romp, as compared to the sprawling dirge on 'Shivering King and Others'; "The One I Don't Know" begins DM's daliance with spare acoustic arrangements; "One and Old" howls like the winds surrounding a silver-lined ink-black cloud that portends and impending blizzard, or the apocalypse; "The Breeze Always Blows" is indeed breezy and wouldn't sound out of place in a southern-blues best-of collection.

Simply put, there are no letdowns on this album. If you're in the mood for sprawling, primal, blues-based pentatonic rock, you've come to the right place. The Howls will overcome you.
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