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Brimstone Howl

Brimstone Howl: Guts of SteelGuts of Steel (2007)
Alive Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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After two albums on Speed Nebraska! Records, one released under their old name, Zyklon Bees, and a slew of great 7"s that followed, Nebraska's own Brimstone Howl deliver their third full-length, Guts of Steel, their first for Alive Records. Brimstone Howl is known for a sound that infuses early r.
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After two albums on Speed Nebraska! Records, one released under their old name, Zyklon Bees, and a slew of great 7"s that followed, Nebraska's own Brimstone Howl deliver their third full-length, Guts of Steel, their first for Alive Records.

Brimstone Howl is known for a sound that infuses early rock and roll sounds with blues, producing something that's comparable to early Rolling Stones, the Sonics, or the Black Keys and Guts of Steel is no different.

For the album, Brimstone Howl decided to re-record a few songs from previous releases, giving them a bit of a spit-shine polish, and adding them alongside new material. They start it all off with the gritty dirty guitar riff-driven "Bad Seed" and don't let the listener go from there until they slow things up with the straight-up blues of "Luck of the Spade"; after this things pick right back up again until the almost gospel bluesy sound of "Six and Seven." They might lose a listener or two on that one, a tune which preaches about the Jesus and the judgment day, but it's really the listener's loss if they choose to leave at that point, because the album finishes out in great form with truly awesome barn-burners like "Cyclone Boy" and "I'm a Man."

The Black Keys comparison above is a very reasonable one, not only because Alive Records released their first album as well, but also because it was produced and engineered by the Keys' own vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach. He certainly left his mark here, opting for a similar-to-the Keys' style rough lo-fi sound that fits in perfectly with what Brimstone Howl is doing.

Guts of Steel is a real gem of an album from a part of the country you don't seem to hear too much coming out of, which is a shame if they can produce bands like this. I personally can't wait for future releases from these gentlemen as they get older; they're barely old enough to drink legally, and yet they refine their sound even more on Guts of Steel.

 

 
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Problematiclogic (May 28, 2007)

these guys sound really good.

the vocalist reminds me of franz ferdinand...

Anonymous (May 27, 2007)

This must be the first time a band has made an homage to the lightning hopkins album cover

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

Surprised Adam didn't review this.

-kliph

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

Ken. I wouldnt say they're as great as RS (At least circa "Too Much Guitar" RS) but you should dig this group anyhow, they're riding the same wave.

-blade-runner

Ianw (May 26, 2007)

awww man, thats a sweet band name

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

This band is rad. It is like new bomb turks-MC5-some country band with the early rock and soll steeze.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

From the description, these guys kind of sound like Reigning Sound - anyone know if they're as good as RS?

-Ken

icapped2pac (May 25, 2007)

Semen salad.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

Are they serious about the Jesus thing? If so, that's not my cup of tea...at all. But I'd be willing to at least listen to a few of these songs to see if I'd like them. I'm not a Black Keys fan though, so I dunno if I'll dig it.

-r3venge therapy

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

Pretty good band. Totally great guys. I liked 'em a little better before they matured....where as the Black Lips do crazy and serious both with equal intensity and awesomeness. Still a fantastic band though. Best in Nebraska, I'm sure.

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