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Album Review

Reams of demos hover in the shadows of Leviathan's legitimate studio material, but they're usually tagged with frustrating phrases like "out of print," "hard to find," or "check ebay." So Wrest throws the diehards a bone with Howl Mockery at the Cross. The follow-up to 2004's Tentacles of Whorror is a demo collection spanning all the way back to Leviathan's beginnings. The restlessness and exploratory nature of the outfit thrive in these tracks — this is still black metal through and through, but it takes frequent and exciting turns toward math rock, trad metal structure, and even broken melody. "Lycanthropus Rex" is a swirling mess of overdriven guitar and Wrest's anguished bleat; in the middle a wolf growls, and that's the cue for things to become baroque and moody like something out of Psychic TV's past. (Along similar lines Howl includes a Leviathan-styled cover of Death in June's "Nothing Changes.") Wrest's vocals seem to drive "Where Annihilation Dwells" — the reverb effect is grating, but his voice seems to pull the thick guitar static and faraway drums along. "Those Slimy Things" is shorter and more concise, its near-stoner metal main riff rumbling forth from the atonal intro as Wrest screams like an anarchic evangelist over a foggy midnight radio broadcast. Howl Mockery at the Cross is dark and arresting. But like almost everything Leviathan releases, it's also a surprisingly dynamic rush.

Customer Reviews

Howl mockery

This may not be leviathans best album but still a very good album. For those who no and listen to leviathan u basically no what u are getting with this album. Very low fi dark grim black metal. For those who haven't this isn't ur basic true norse black metal, this is more in the style of burzum with great atmosphere dark feelings of dread. Wrest is a grim genius leviathans body of work speaks for it's self while this isnt the finest of his efforts still gets you to were u wanna go to that dark place of nightmares and grim blackness.


5 stars easily. Liar of Nazareth and Those Slimy Things are two of Leviathans best songs. Wrest does not fail and is one of the few artists in existence that delivers on every song every album. Buy everything.


Born: 1998 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by Scandinavian one-man black metal entrepreneurs like Bathory's Quorthon, Burzum's Count Grishnackh, and the ubiquitous Mortiis, San Francisco native Jef Whitehead adopted the nom de guerre Wrest in 1998 and soon began self-recording and releasing demos under the Leviathan heading. Within five years, these already numbered more than a dozen and were partly compiled on 2002's Verräter collection; but Leviathan continued to favor short-form demos, EPs, and split releases (with the likes of...
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