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The Howling

by Drifter

Thrillingly fast cinematic metalcore that will keep you roped in till the end.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Metalcore
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1. The Howling
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2. Vicious Cycle
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3. 00savage
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4. Black Mamba
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Album Notes
"The Howling"

Blood curdling screams, angelic choruses, ravaging guitars, and thunderous drums. "The Howling" will catch you wishing this EP was an album. The EP has a nostalgic sound mixed with new age production. Drifter wanted to break away from the normalities of today's metal genre and try and bring something a little more personal and hard hitting. With poetic lyrics of revenge, abandonment, and hope, Drifter wanted to express on how the world can turn us into darker people and how some of us fight back or simply accept the becoming of a new time.

Making Of "The Howling"

The beginning works of "The Howling" was actually written in Mike Monto's (former guitarist now frontman) room while away at Rutger's University in 2014 - 2016.

Mike Monto and Ryan Cooper were the original members of Drifter. They released their first EP which was called "In Search of Something More" in July of 2013. Mike Monto wrote all the music for "In Search of Something More" with help of a local studio "Interlink Studios" who was ran by Joe Millard. Monto and Millard spent almost every night of their summer working on the EP. Millard honing in on his mixing and mastering chops and Monto producing and crafting the EP. Later through out the year Ryan came into do the vocals. After the release of the EP members began to form due to the level of production compared to the local market being produced out of the local scene. Following the release the band did very well. They were offered to sign to small labels and being contacted by local press for interviews. Despite their rapid success, the band fell apart due to vision differences for the following EP being written. Monto wanted to mature the crafted and unique sound of Drifter while some of the new members were more focused on what other mainstream bands were doing and wanted to replicate. Due to the split decision the band abandoned Mike Monto and formed another band.

"The Howling" is the maturity of Drifter. Monto eventually met the new members of Drifter while working at Guitar Center in 2015. Showing his co-workers some demos of the next EP they became interested and wanted to resurrect the band. Recording the album began in late 2016 and finished in 2017. Monto went over the songs with the new members and re-produced the album. The entire album was tracked at Mike's home studio at college called "Burning Wick Studios". The members spent countless hours to get the perfect takes on each part. The vision the band had for the album was to be huge and thunderous. When looking for a mixing engineer the band contacted James Perry who worked with renowned band "I Prevail". Monto and Jon Plunkett (guitarist of Drifter) were impressed at the quality of Jame's mixes and new he was the guy who can make the vision come to life.



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