For their sophomore release, Size of the Fight, Illinois hard rockers want to punch of the volume and expand their repertoire. They offer a rambunctious and heavier, even metal edge, on many songs, but also show some diversity. Dogs, Overnight Sensation, and FDLF offer heavier rock, yet without sacrificing accessibility through a raw rock groove. Gypsy King and the instrumental Gussie strike a different chord. The former reminds of southern rock, and a touch blues, with slide guitar leading the way. Gussie seems nearly out of place as it features acoustic guitar teaming with a wispy violin.
Yet, the Dogs return to their best accessible groove with a trio of songs. Brand New Addiction offers a some rock boogie, ala that little band from Texas. One and Only turns on a modern flair, even a hip-hip groove, sounding like Texas Hippie Coalition in a low-rider. The Dogs also cover the iconic Queen song I'm in Love with My Car with surprisingly entertaining effect. Perhaps, the only thing that a listener might tire over is Tom Hart's raspy, unwaveringly so, vocal delivery.
Nevertheless, The Dogs Divine's Size of the Fight finds the band growing stronger in presence and musical expression, to entertaining results. Recommended.
The Dogs Divine's Size of the Fight finds the band growing stronger in presence and musical expression, to entertaining results. Recommended.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]