After 1 full-length, 1 split and 4 EPs (well I’m counting the remastered version of their debut EP), EP numero cinco (or numero cuatro depending on how picky you are), 'Alteration', is here and there are two immediate changes to bring up since last time. First up, Howling Giant are as of now a quartet with Marshall Bolton joining on keyboards and synths. A very wise move, indeed, and really just a matter of time. They have been adding more and more keyboards, organs and synths on the last few recordings, so this is a natural step and something I like. The second change is that ‘Alteration’ is instrumental! In reality this is not a huge step as such because, both live and on recordings, the band goes off on long wonderful instrumental jams. After all, the guys are phenomenal musicians, so if any band should go for lyric-less compositions it’s Howling Giant. Still, I love their spaced-out lyrics and vocal harmonizing which therefore will make this a very interesting listening session, indeed!
Howling Giant started out on a very high note, something they exceed with every new release, which is extremely evident on ‘Alteration’. The rhythm section of Sebastian Baltes and Zach Wheeler on bass guitar and drums respectively doesn’t only play rhythms and keeping the beat. They also lead the way which allows Tom Polzine to absolutely crush it on the guitar. Add Marshall Bolton’s mind-expanding work on the keys and, well you have the release of 2021 in your hands. Why Howling Giant aren’t giants within the general public is a damn, horrible shame. But I guess more for the rest of us although that’s not fair on this band. They deserve world recognition and domination, so get your hands on this waveriders! Stunning and….well, fucking stunning!