Paul Howey – Looking Glass

Paul Howey
Looking Glass
1991 (no label)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Paul Howey – Lead and backing vocals, synth-guitars, custom double kick drum kit, bass and keyboards

Side 1:

  1. How Many Chances
  2. Looking Glass
  3. Master of Temptation

Side 2:

  1. You’re My Hero
  2. Some Promises

I’m not sure exactly what sound Howey is going for here – there is synth-guitar, keyboards, and programmed drums that give it a distinct industrial vibe. But the songwriting and vocal styles aren’t industrial… more hard rock/metal in nature. It could be that he wanted to do a metal sound and just didn’t have a band. But on the other hand, it could be that he just wanted to do industrial in this manner. One person said that his other album (Plug In from 1990) reminded them of early Xalt. I could see that. But this demo is mostly keyboard-y in nature. Not a bad job for a demo – he obviously wrote, played, and recorded these songs all himself. But if you have to have an easy to recognize genre… you might have a hard time categorizing this. Metalheads will see this as too light to be metal, but fans of rock will see it as too heavy or weird to mainstream rock. So I will call it “hard rock” until I find out if the goal was to be industrial or not from another source.

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