King Howl, Talk About Records 2017
Review of Daniele Mei, translated by Daniela Schrru
It’s a crumpled blues that of Rougarou. The howling king has captured the monster and he is hashing it constantly with a drumming that is like a powerful steamroller’s sound.
After all, the Rougarou is the legendary animal that has streak fear into Louisiana community, where blues music, at least the known one, began. A wolf-headed man emerging in the mist of the swaps in New Orleans, where Mississippi ends and where the history of modern music begins.
Rougarou: a monster into a storm of sounds
The Rougarou is the monster inside the electrical storm that takes place in the head-in-collision between the most archaic blues, the delta one, with the preys’ laments, the cotton belt slaves and their chains, and the heaviest rock. Riding as if to get away, but as epic heroes, letting an indelible sign on who, from the monster, has beenat least once touched lightly.
The King Howl has spent decades with pragmatism and determination, embracing as many genres as possible and still getting a solid and cohesive work. I want to repeat it, because it is the important point, blues music, but also rock and roll, hard rock, an almost metal-ride-party and especially stoner and psychedelic rock music. When the rhythms slow down, one can feel all the influences and experiences realized at some international festivals like Duna Jam and others more around Central Europe.
Gone is a steamroller that floorsyou with its acoustic slide opening and its lament, while Demons takes you to what’s my favorite piece of the record, like Screaming which carry you straight into space, as the Black Sabbath would have done.
No Money is a hard rock and roll song that, in some cases, recalls the old Diego Pani’s band, The Giannies. Alone I Go is a surprise, chains, the underworld, down into infinite, interrupted immediately by By My Side’s jackhammernoise that changes in a doping doom stoner. We can dance at the rhythm of Falling Down, like the boogie sound of Pissed Off. Atmospheres become more exclusive in Ride The Night, a song which recalls the 90s and Seattle.
Icing on the cake is On the Road Again, one of the Canned Heat’s cover. A perfect song for a band that is following the rock’s dream: “But I ain’t going down/That long old lonesome road/ All by myself/But I ain’t going down.// That long old lonesome road/All by myself/I can’t carry you, baby/Gonna carry somebody else.”
A Talk About Records production
Rougarou is recorded in Sardinia and mixed by the sardinian mixer Gabriele Boi, with Elena Cabitza’s remarkable artworks, and produced by Talk About Records and Electric Valley Records. Talk About is the independent label built by Diego Pani, which besides being the mind and the founder of the group, is also the singer and the harp-player in the King Howl. Electric Valley is but a label from Sassari that deals with stoner and psychedelic music.
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