Former Darkest Hour Bassist Returns with Hewolf
Paul Burnette has been under the radar since parting ways with Darkest Hour in 2012 after a decade with that band (he played on many of their most famous albums, including Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation and Undoing Ruin). But now Burnette is stepping back into the spotlight as both the bassist and vocalist for a new project called Hewolf.
Wisely, Burnette and his bandmates, Johnny Throckmorton (guitar and vocals) and Erik Josephson (drums and vocals), are not going for a ‘Even Darkerest Hour’ vibe. In fact, the only thing Hewolf really has in common with Burnette’s old band is that it’s loud and has magnetic hooks. Their newly-released, self-titled EP offers five raucous brawlers that alternately channel Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden (“Past Shadows,” “Let You In”), Sabbath and their various acolytes (“Cut to Pieces,” “Soul Shaker”), and even, dare I say it, the heavier side of hair metal (“Savor the Sin”). Spoiler alert: the trio is equally adept at all three styles. This is good shit!