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“The Camel, The Lion, The Child”

By Dr. Abner Mality

What have we here? The oddball band name doesn’t suggest a particular style but the album title had me thinking of progressive or post-metal bands. That’s not too far off the mark but there are some other elements here that make this a bit more interesting.

Part of what makes HWOIG different is their ability to shift styles deftly. The heaviness is definitely here and even a good drop of aggression, but the mellow parts are REALLY mellow. I would use “Zelatype” and “Cairo” as examples of tunes that swing from serene dreaminess to bruising power riffs. That’s the essence of most post-metal but there is something more advanced going on here. There’s a cinematic soundtrack feel to the music. The mellow parts can be acoustic guitar or electronic ambience or pop…the heavy parts can be straight up distorted sludge, noisy alt-rock or quite metallic. The vocals can be clean female, clean male or harsh male. Keyboards appear and disappear. There are spots that may seem too typical or too laid back, but every song builds to a towering heavy climax of some kind. That tension keeps you hanging on.

HWOIG is not my usual cup of grue yet the band is intriguing enough to keep me listening. A potent and interesting newcomer.