HOWLING WOLVES: Self-titled: LP

Howling Wolves are next up in the long line of rock bands whose devotion to Black Sabbath is rivaled only by their reverence for Black Flag. From Bl’ast! to Annihilation Time to the Shrine, the lineage is strong. These Germans lean more toward Iommi than Ginn, but definitely more Dez than Ozz. Despite the album cover’s striking resemblance to Thin Lizzy’s Night Life (an homage, one hopes), dual guitar leads aren’t what this rock record’s about—this is power chord riff-rock with a heavy, old school hardcore punk attitude. –Chad Williams (JanML, janml-records.de / Maja Von Lobeck)