Andrew David Weber is a multi-instrumentalist living and working in Milwaukee, Wi. Last year we reviewed The Voice Of Experience and he is back with The Howl of Insanity. I think it’s important to mention the concept of this release since it’s very specific. Weber mentions “The album follows a character that Andrew refers to as "The Soldier". He goes to war, leaving behind his somewhat struggling relationship. The ensuing story sees him through battle and, as a result, a deteriorating mental state.”
The album starts with “Battleship Gray'' and is a high energy rock. It explodes without much warning once you press play and transitions into a verse with subdued power chords. The song follows a rock structure and progresses with an anthemic chorus.
“Murder” is next and this is an intense song as well. The song rolls with heavy hitting drums and distorted power chords. It’s an epic sounding song complete with a killer guitar solo. “How Bad Could It Get?” is a change in mood and style. This is closer to folk songs that revolve around acoustic guitar and pensive orchestral string which sound like a cello. I loved this style of him but it did feel like a 180 turn.
Next up is “The Howl” and I would classify this more as metal and prog rock. In fact there is an ’80s vibe I heard on this song that wasn’t there on the previous songs. “Moods” is a ballad and off kilter in a good way while “Galaxy” brings up the energy and reminds me of Mumford & Sons.
“Regardless” had its moments but I really loved the soulful “Promise Me (feat. Andii & Audible Kink)” which has some ’70s style male and female vocals that work out great. “Weight (feat Mitch Martell)” is a rocking tune that again feels very epic in execution. In another 180 quick turn the album closes with the country-esque like closer “Life Boat.”
My only critique is the album jumps around quite a bit. It was hard for me to form a signature or singular sound with this release which is something I endlessly mention. On that note he pulls off the different genres but the slower, folk ballads in my opinion was his strength.
Overall, this is a really good album with some great songwriting and delivery. Recommended.
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