"After six months of always pulling back, you just want to slam your fist through a wall," Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's Robert Levon Been says.

He's explaining how, as he and bandmate Peter Hayes worked on BRMC's third album, "Howl," a mostly restrained country- and folk-tinged affair that radically departed from previous efforts, the duo's pent-up energy rose to a threatening boil.

"We burned out on being delicate."

Once known as a garage-meets-shoegazer-meets-psychedelic rock outfit thanks to its first two Virgin albums, "B.R.M.C." and "Take Them On, On Your Own," BRMC turned its sound on its head with "Howl."

" 'Howl' was definitely a test for the fan base," says Hugh Surratt, senior VP of creative and marketing for RCA, which signed the group after BRMC and Virgin parted ways following "Take Them On."

"But," he adds, "the game plan from the moment we signed them was that the band was going to come back after 'Howl' with more familiar BRMC sounds."

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