Great rootsy psych, sort of Grateful Dead-ish, fronted by the former singer of Comets on Fire. Soulful, heavy, and expansive. Think of Howlin Rain as a kinder, gentler group of Manson Family freaks and you're on the right track
Favorite track: Calling Lightning pt 2.
Magnificent Fiend is the second album from Howlin Rain. By turns pummeling and pastoral, it oscillates between roaring, all-stops-out, Hammond organ-driven tracks and delicate electric piano passages, topped by harmonized, often dissonant guitar lines. Toss in counter-melodic bass, sometimes quirky breaks, and extended instrumental sequences that are either ascending to the heavens or cascading softly, from the skies in sparkling showers of gunpowder and smoke. All held together by Miller's distinctive, crushed-velvet roar-redolent of British R&B giants Steve Marriott or Terry Reid which extends to a sweet, plaintive falsetto and lyrical content. It is the first to be issued under a joint agreement between multi-platinum record producer Rick Rubin's American label and San Francisco-based indie Birdman Records.