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Hound, Out of Space (SRA Records)
CD Reviews: December 17, 2015

12/17/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Hound, Out of Space (SRA Records) 

Good a time as any to check in on the speed-stoner enclave, which has been lacking in real leadership up to this point aside from High on Fire, which this loud Philadelphia trio is aping, if you want my opinion. Hound shows up at the party with a lot of fringe cred, being that singer-guitarist Perry Shall has contributed artwork and videos to such indie mainstays as JEFF the Brotherhood, Pujol and Tweens, none of whom are actually representative of Shall’s chosen genre, but that’s another handful of cred points in the Deafheaven era. Ignoring all the preceding nonsense, what we have here is a vision of J Mascis’s Witch band gone NWOBHM, sort of, or at least that’s all the hipster writers can come up with; as I was saying, it’s a cooler, less raw High on Fire that fits in between early Slayer and dusty old street-metal a la Riot. Nothing wrong with the riffing, and Shall’s voice is comparable to Ozzy’s, leaving a wide opening for fans of Motorhead and hair-metal alike.





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