Released at the end of 2016, In the Woods comes from Swedish’s goth/heavy metal band, Ghowl.
The under current of groove that swings & swaggers it’s way throughout In the Woods is what really makes this album standout. 9 tracks of hard riffing gothic malevolent metal, catchy vocals & rumbling drum beats.
The opening double header of Nightmare & Meat sets the dark tone perfectly. Think Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson but with more emphasis on slamming heavy metal.
There’s no escaping the catchy ‘move your body’ beats & hooks but this album is still weighted more in a hard hitting metal sound. Filled with plenty of head-banging tempo changes & guitar solos that sound so good.
When not blasting out fast metal riffs wrapped up in horror based metal, a more methodical pace takes over. Title track, In the Woods… doesn’t quite hit the mark although the bass-heavy beat is very memorable & Mother’s more industrial sound only stends out during the chorus. It’s got some absolutely crushing riffs.
There isn’t a lot of innovation throughout Into the Woods & it does struggles to keep afloat during some tracks. However, being only 9 tracks long, it’s over well before it starts to be a real problem.
The best tracks are the ones that offer some really catchy moments. Songs like Nightmare, Eaten Alive, In to the Light & Burn are the standouts with groovy riffs, sultry vocals & some dark metal beats.
The double hip-swagger of Stay & Dream finish of Into the Woods in style. The former being a chunky & rumbling number while the latter throws everything into making one final memorable moment which it succeeds at wits ease.
Into the woods is a very good album, it’s not got much in the way of variety but it makes up for that by mostly having great horror metal songs to enjoy.
Ghowl – Into the Woods Full Track Listing:
3. In the Woods…
5. Eaten Aive
6. In to the Light
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Ghowl - In the Woods (Self Released)