HOWL: An In-Depth Look At Ryan Begley’s Cover Art

Hosted By No Clean Singing

First Week Chart Numbers Revealed

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If you’ve yet to truly investigate HOWL’s Bloodlines cover art, you’re missing out. A stunning, goretorn blood feast of skulls, bones, impalements, hungry wolves, plotting vultures, nooses and sexy side boob,Bloodlines was created by Ryan Begley (Pelican, Kvlertak, All Pigs Must Die, Cave In, etc.) and visually captures the metallic, lead-footed brutality of the music contained within.

 

Comments Begley of his work: “I was asked last year to illustrate my third record cover for Providence-based metal band HOWL. I’m really stoked that they’ve stuck with me since their first EP. They’re really good guys and I love doing work for them. Early on we batted around record title ideas and once Bloodlines was introduced as a possible title, the concept came together pretty easily. All the visuals were inspired by lyrical content and both the band and I wanted to have an image with a lot of elements that would take time for the viewer to soak in. I tried to have all the characters and elements interacting and overlapping as much as possible. The blood was one of the more difficult but fun elements to draw for the cover. Figuring out how it would flow and move throughout the frame and around the characters took a while to sketch out. The band wanted a bright and vibrant cover and I thought it would translate best if we kept the colors in the same family. Once I settled on a specific red for the blood the rest of the palette was pulled from that. Thank you HOWL and Relapse.”

 

Adds the band in a collective statement: “We are incredibly excited to feature Ryan Begley’s art for the new album. The inspiration for his work was drawn directly from our album’s music and lyrics, and he did a tremendous job capturing the brutality of Bloodlines.”

 

Check out some rough and final pencil sketches of the cover as well as the mammoth gatefold layout, hosted by No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION, where you’ll also find the band’s latest video for “Demonic.”

 

In related news Bloodlines entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #50 upon its first week of release! In addition, the record landed at #57 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart and #173 on Billboard’s Indie Music Chart.

 

HOWL’s Bloodlines douses listener with 40 relentless minutes of maniacal dirge and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics alike for its thunderous riffing and primal urgency. Dubbed, “deliciously vicious” by MetalSucks, Bloodlines was recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) and is currently streaming in its entirety at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE. Order your copy ofBloodlines HERE and stay tuned for Summer tour dates to be announced shortly!

 

“… the type of galloping, growling, grot-filled effort you expect from a Motörhead shirt wearing metal band.” – Decibel

“HOWL plays with a power and energy that is hard not to admire, with influences that go beyond a single sub genre; to simply label HOWL as pure doom is to potentially limit their appeal. I’ve no doubt if you’re a fan of High On Fire or Electric Wizard, this would be an excellent addition to your library. That said their sound should equally have the heads of Iron Maiden fans and corpse painted true metal warriors banging alike.” – Ave Noctum

“…if you like imp shrieking, wah-imbued stunt guitar, sludge chugs, and lyrics about demons, Bloodlines just might be up your alley.” – Mxdwn

“…a fantastic way to spend an afternoon waxing philosophic or a night getting beaten to death by a group of angry Rhode Islanders…” – Dead Rhetoric

“Bloodlines features enough powerful riffs and angry attitude to sate the mainstream, while the underground will dig the overall feeling of doom and hatred. Did I mention the utterly stellar songwriting?” — Ghost Cult

“…the equivalent of being punched repeatedly in the gut with brass knuckles and then pushed down the mouth of an active volcano.” – American Aftermath

“If [debut album] Full of Hell was a tsunami, this album is a sniper attack.” – Alternative Control

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F.Y.E. Music launches Scott Ian’s Metal Underworld Campaign – Tweet for ticket giveaway

TWEET FOR TICKET GIVEAWAYS ALONG THE DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT 

Scott Ian, legendary guitarist for Anthrax joins F.Y.E. as their Metal Ambassadordominating the F.Y.E. Metal program by sharing his top favorite albums each month via the metal endcap at select F.Y.E.locations.

The F.Y.E. Metal program launched last month with the first selection of Scott Ian’s personal, hand picked records including Bleed From Within, HowlDevourment, Interarma, WhiteChapel with additional titles being announced each month through F.Y.E.and Scott Ian’s Twitter pages.
In partnership with The Decibel Magazine Tour, F.Y.E. and Scott Ian will also be running a Tweet For Tickets campaign that began May 2nd along select dates of The Decibel Magazine Tour starting May 16th in Santa Ana, CA.

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Fans can follow F.Y.E. and Scott Ian on Twitter to enter to win tickets for select markets on the tour. To enter to win, watch out for a special message about winning tickets tweeted by both Scott Ian and F.Y.E Guy. Followers can re-tweet the message to enter to win. The winners will be chosen at random by Scott. The tour lineup includes, Cannibal Corpse,Napalm Death and Immolation with announced tour dates below.

For full tour dates and more information, please visit: The Decibel Magazine Tour Online  

Date               Location               Venue

Thu May 16         Santa Ana, CA             The Observatory

Tue May 28         Chicago, IL                   Bottom Lounge

Wed May 29        Detroit, MI                    Harpo’s

Tue Jun 04           New Haven, CT          Toad’s Place

Wed Jun 05         Brooklyn, NY               Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thu Jun 06           Philadelphia, PA          Union Transfer

Fri Jun 07             Cleveland, OH             Peabody’s

Sat Jun 08            Cincinnati, OH             Bogart’s

Tue Jun 11            Atlanta, GA                 The Masquerade

Wed Jun 12          Orlando, FL                 The Beacham

 

Anthrax most recently released their new EP, Anthems in March. The  EP features the group covering songs by some of their favorite artists, including Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” and Boston’s “Smokin.'” Take a listen to the full album through the Rolling Stone, Hear it Now Player.

 

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Relapse Records Announces SXSW Showcase Set Times

Renowned independent heavy music label, Relapse Records, has teamed up with Austin, TX’s premiere heavy music festival, Chaos in Tejas, to put together an unforgettable night of auditory madness at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.  The official showcase will feature a stage curated by each group and will take place at Red 7 on Saturday March 16th from 8 PM to 2 AM.  The showcase will be free to all SXSW badge and wristband holders and open to the general public on a first come first serve basis.  Further details on the showcase will be available via the Red 7 website at this location.

The Relapse Records stage will be headlined by Savannah, GA’s sludge-rock warriors Black Tusk and feature sets from Relapse label-mates Royal Thunder, ASG, Howl, Inter Arma, and Call of the Void.

The Chaos In Tejas stage will be headlined by New Orleans bounce superstar Big Freedia and include performances from a diverse lineup including Antwon, Iron Lung, Power Trip, Merchandise, Parquet Courts and the Novice.

Relapse Records formed in 1990 and has released albums from a wide array of artists over the past 23 years including Mastodon, Red Fang, Baroness, Amorphis, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suffocation, Neurosis, Dying Fetus and many more.  The label recently released a 20 song sampler in tribute to Pat Egan, their longtime Director of Sales, who tragically passed away on Monday February 18th of pneumonia.  The sampler is available for purchase here with all proceeds benefitting his daughter’s college fund.

Chaos In Tejas takes over Austin for the 9th year May 30 through June 2.  The fest is a nice lil mix of punk, hardcore, metal, hip hop, garage rock, indie rock and all points in between from around the world.  This year’s line up features The Damned, The Bats, Infest, Iceage, Framtid, Merchandise, Grouper, the Rats, Tragedy, Andy Stott, Akitsa, the Marked Men, Terveet Kadet and much much more.  For a complete line up and more info click here and to purchase tickets click here.

 

Set Times Are As Follows:

8 – 8:35 – Call of the Void

8:55 – 9:35 – Inter Arma

9:55 – 10:35 – Howl

10:55 – 11:35 – ASG

11:55 – 12:35 – Royal Thunder

12:55 – 1:35 – Black Tusk

 

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