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EAT THE GUN - HOWLINWOOD - ALBUM REVIEW

STEAMHAMMER/SPV | Release Date: August 28 2015

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A couple of years back now Germany’s Eat the Gun came onto my radar with the excellent modern melodic hard rock album ‘Stripped to the Bone’, which even though it was their fourth outing it took the band in a new direction sonically, and they nailed it! It was therefore with good reason that I was expecting a lot from follow up ‘Howlinwood’ – and man does it deliver.


From the jangly guitars and lush melodies of title track ‘Howlinwood’ it’s clear that this is another fine collection that encompasses some truly memorable music: huge melodic moments, great riffs and choruses that just stick.


There’s all kinds of shades of melodic rock here too, and it all sounds distinctly modern in outlook: from the harder ‘Falling’; the soaring ‘How Does it Feel’; and ‘Blood on Your Hands’ Nirvana-like intent, there are moments that will just lodge in your brain. And the best thing? Not a trace of filler.


Best of the best? Try the brooding acoustic-led beautifully simple ‘Old Friend’; or maybe the bristling ‘Take it Away’ that shows how great this kind of pop-inflected rock can sound. Our favourites though are probably the infectious deeper groove of ‘Electric Life’ which features guitarist John Konesky and the rocking ‘Trouble Magnetic’ which has a huge stadium-filling sound and yet still beating alt-rock heart. In truth wherever you turn there’s a great song and the closing pair ‘The Drudge’ and ‘Anger’ with their more laid back reflective outlook say it all so simply and just leave you wanting more.      


Outside of their native Germany Eat the Gun has to be one of the best undiscovered rock bands out there, a killer sound with great pop sensibilities make every track a winner  – and all you need to do is listen. They won’t stay hidden for much longer.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


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