Brimstone Howl – Big Deal. What’s He Done Lately?

January 01, 1970



if to reinforce the irreverent attitude that informs their approach, Nebraska’s
Brimstone Howl borrow Joey Ramone’s off-handed dismissal of musical madman Phil
Spector for the title of their fourth full-length opus and first under the
aegis of producer Mike McHugh, the man behind the boards for such disparate
notables as Black Lips, Jon Spencer and Andre Williams. McHugh’s efforts help
further distort a sound in which melody is subservient to mayhem and a wailing,
whiplash tenacity finds the group’s moniker the ultimate truth in advertising.


Brimstone Howl seems to specialize in thrash and frenzy, they also nod
noticeably towards the Stones with the Exile-era
“Easter at the Lewises'” and the defiantly arched “End of the Summer.”  It’s telling, too, that the forced
determination of “Suicide Blues” plays homage to the Velvets and that the
tireless fury of the Stooges, the Clash and the Ramones provides a steering influence
throughout.  Those opting for originality
— or for that matter, more tepid fare — will inevitably be disappointed, but
anyone who can appreciate the trajectory from punk to the present ought to
applaud their attempts at contempt.

Standout Tracks: “Easter at the
Lewises’,” “End of Summer” LEE ZIMMERMAN




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