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Downdog: In Dog We Trust
Modern Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Downdog meets dangerdog, how cool could that be? Downdog is another new modern hard rock band from England. Their music is filled with tons of melody, fresh and invigorating guitar riffs and licks, and inspiration from some great acts of the past and present including LA Guns, Nirvana, Guns 'n' Roses, Pixies, Velvet Revolver, Alice In Chains, and Radiohead. All this may seem to add up to an eclectic mix, but 'In Dog We Trust' finds Downdog developing a unique sound in a modern context. It's new and refreshing.

Though definitely clothed in a modern to alternative coat, there are some great melodic rock songs on this album 'Alibi,' Shapes That You Don't See,' 'In The Dark,' a personal favorite, 'Body Without A Soul,' and 'Size Zero Hero.' Much of Downdog's great rock groove comes from Kev Curtis' skill on the 5-string bass. Adam Healy is no slouch on guitar either delivering crisp and creative solos throughout. His work on 'Anything' is particularly clever and mesmerizing. On 'H.I.A.S' you have some well composed modern rock which blends acoustic and electric guitar with style and acumen. If this isn't enough Downdog ventures into what I can only describe as eclectic modern prog rock on 'Bipolar.' To further muddy classification, they bring some strong metal-like riffs within a strong groove on 'Too Bad.' Overall, 'In Dog We Trust' is consistent effort. However, as you near the end, songs seem to blur together. In this case, less songs would have meant more quality.

Overall, Downdog's debut 'In Dog We Trust' is a solid, creative, and refreshing twist on modern rock trends. Though hardly perfect, 'In Dog We Trust' proves Downdog has sufficient talent and innovation to be monster act making a huge impression. Very recommended!

In Short

Downdog's debut 'In Dog We Trust' is a solid, creative, and refreshing twist on modern rock trends. There is enough melody, groove and riffs to please any melodic rock fan.

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