The only reason I choose to review the new album by Arkansas's Iron Tongue is because of the clever title, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown. And the cool cover art, too.
Both may give you a clue to the band's sound. But mentioning that Rawke vocalist Chris "CT" Terry is the frontman for Iron Tongue will probably tip you off. TDHBTBHF is basic heavy rock, lumbering through the bogs of stoner to sludge to doom rock and metal. The closest up tempo moment comes about a two thirds into and at the end Said N Done. After that you get mostly Terry's muted groan singing, but also some really nice guitar solos.
While brooding and sullen in character for heavy rock, surprisingly TDHBTBHF is not all that depressing as some heavy stoner doom material can be. It's still a bit creepy, but certainly not as scary and despondent as the latest from A Pale Horse Named Death. Perhaps the interest comes from those aforementioned vocal arrangements and guitar solos. Fundamentally, if like this genre, and you liked the Rawke material, then pick up Iron Tongue's The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown.
With The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown, Iron Tongue gives you enough heavy stoner sludge rock to give your woofers a beat down they won't soon recover from.
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 ]