Origin: San Francisco, California, USA  
Genres: Black Metal, Death Metal
Page online: January 29, 2017
Last update/review: January 29, 2017

Howls Of Ebb

Even before delving into the music, the listener is probably ready to expect something rather different. Start with the band name -- what does Howls Of Ebb even mean? Check out the song titles on Cursus Impasss: The Pendlomic Vows, and the band member names are equally out there. Yes, this San Francisco project (formerly a trio, now just two guys) are really in their own world. If one must assign genres, they're loosely in the black/death mold, but they really only have passing tendencies of either of those camps. This is seriously bizarro, experimental, somewhat free-form avantgarde extreme metal, really sounding like no one else whatsoever. The vocals are mostly rather distant hushed growls, the riffs twist and turn with plenty of dischorance and a jazzy feel, and the loosely-played drums sometimes almost in their own world. There's a great sense of dynamics here, as the pace jumps from speedy to ultra-slow, and even at their heaviest, this is not the bludgeoning, wall-of-sound noise that some extreme bands go for. It's chaotic, but somehow kept in control. Comparing the two full-length albums reveal a similar sound on both, except that Cursus is even weirder than its predecessor. Clearly not for everyone, but this band is a grower, and one of the most unique bands in extreme metal today.

Current Members

zELeVthND (Patrick Brown)

vocals/guitars (ex-Devolved)

Rotten Bliss


Former Members/Guests

Benign Blight



Vigils Of The 3rd Eye  
2014 I, VOidhanger
  1. Imperial Prophets
  2. Martian Terrors, Limbonic Steps
  3. Opulent Ghouls... Blessed Be Thy End
  4. The Arc. The Vine. The Blight
  5. Of Heel, Cyst and Lung
  6. The Deep Well
  7. Vigils of the 3rd Eye
  8. Illucid Illuminati of the Dark
  9. The Devious Nectar - Purgatory Reprisal
  • zELeVthND
  • Benign Blight
  • Rotten Bliss

The Marrow Veil  EP
2015 I, VOidhanger
  1. Standing on Bedlam, Burning in Bliss
  2. Dusks Tyrannical Lore
  3. Iron Laurels, Woven in Rust
  • zELeVthND
  • Benign Blight
  • Rotten Bliss

Cursus Impasse - The Pendlomic Vows  
2016 I, VOidhanger
  1. The 6th Octopul'th Grin
  2. Cabals of Molder
  3. Maat Mons' Fume
  4. 7 Ascetic Cinders, 8 Dowries of gA'nOm
  5. Gaunt Vertigo
  6. The Subliminal Lock - A Precursor to Vengeance
  7. The Apocryphalic Wick
  • zELeVthND
  • Rotten Bliss

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