Raw Howls is the first full-length from Danish fuzz doom rock trio Alucarda and it follows their crunchy and raunchy D.F.F.L. demo from 2013. Highly reminiscent of pre-Die Screaming era Satan's Satyrs, Alucarda promised to go even rawer than on their first recording and have delivered a collection of songs that swing with gusto and insalubrious cockiness. To the max on the fuzz and the bizarre, Alucarda worship 70's bad acid culture and reminisce on that dead generation that abandoned their careless everything goes ways in favor of baby booming and suburban mortgages. Their lyrics speak with total abandon of their taste for vice and the macabre and their music blasts away, via deranged screaming and lo fi doomy garage rock, a bygone era of damaged thinking and total hopelessness.
Saw the video for “Empress Rising” about three years ago, was not impressed. Saw them live a year later and albums they put out really live up to the expectations set by their crushing live performances. Great album by a great band. PhallusDei69
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019