After listening to Dr. Grind's Speechless, a new archival release from Eonian Records, my first question was, 'why weren't these guys signed?' The answer comes in two words, 'Seattle 1993.' Dr. Grind hails from the most unlikely place for late 1980's melodic hard rock and metal sound. Still, in the Northwest and along the West Coast, Dr. Grind held fast against the turning tide. They did record one self-titled debut back then and tour extensively in the west. Speechless is their musical legacy containing 17 fine tracks of melodic hard rock with a brisk metal edge at times. Though it reflects the end of that period, Speechless is hardly an antiquated piece as the song composition and musicianship shows Dr. Grind to be fresh and accessible in any day. Rick Allen is impressive and versatile on vocals, guitarist John Tippins and Tom Moore keep things moving and stirring with the sound fret work. Choice track include the title song, Follow Your Own Road, Love Will Find a Way, Here and Gone, and the satirical Huge Wad.
Long lost Seattle band Dr. Grind held their own against the rising tide of grunge back in the early 1990's with fine, well crafted, melodic hard rock with slight metal edge. Speechless is an impressive legacy to a very talented band that should not be overlooked.
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