"Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume"

By Theron Moore

Is this band hardcore?  Maybe, I guess.  It’s what the bio says and god knows that bios are never wrong.  If Integrity is hardcore it’s not your typical meat head, macho bullshit that bands like Terror or Fatality dish out.  I can only hear so many songs about unity, family and other crap before I listen to something else entirely.  With “Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume,” the music is well thought out, the songs actually sound like someone spent a lot of time and effort writing them as opposed to taking a page out of the Agnostic Front playbook for once.  There’s enough diversity here to attract the metal kids and the hardcore youth as well.  And shockingly, there’s actually feeling in some of these tunes.  This isn’t cookie cutter hardcore by any means, thank god.  

“Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume” is a pretty diverse record. “Blood Sermon,” the second song on the record, has an almost black metal feel to it at times. “Serpent of the Crossroads” certainly isn’t your average, ordinary hardcore song – it’s actually slow and kind of on the doomy side of things with a dash of Sheer Terror’s guitar sound tossed in.  And then there’s “The Unholy Salvation of Sabbatai Zevi,” another doom metal inspired song if there ever was one, plodding along at the speed of sorrow and depression before hitting a mosh inspired gallop near the end of the track.  So, is this record a keeper?  Do I recommend it?  It is.  And I do.  I like music that’s not afraid to take chances and “Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume” is certainly this record, for sure.  In my opinion this isn’t hardcore, it’s just loud, heavy, noisy, weird music and that works for me every time.  Ever wondered what Tom Waits might sound like singing this style of music?  Check out track eight, “7 Reece Mews” and you’ll have your answer.  Enjoy.