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When: Fri., March 22, 9 p.m. 2013

"Doom" is already a pretty broad term in the world of metal, but Providence band Howl belong in an even blurrier genre. Sure, they’ll hit you with pile-driving Sabbath-style guitar licks and rhythms that sound like 100 armored cavalry galloping in slow motion to ransack your castle. But on Bloodlines (Relapse), due at the end of April, Howl shift within three songs from classic doom (the opener, "Attrition") to a double-kick hat tip to speed metal ("Demonic"), a versatility that makes them that much more absorbing and, really, that much heavier. Elements of late-90s chug-chug hardcore pop up throughout the album, while the opening riff of "With a Blade" even hints at cock rock. And I haven’t even begun to delve into Vincent Hausman’s hoarse, surly vocals (it kinda helps to sound furious if you’re gonna sing "I am the noose around your neck" or "The nightmare you chose is here"), or the obligatory wordless howling in the background. —Kevin Warwick

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