DOGS OF WINTER - From Soil To Shale

Dogs Of Winter - From Soil To Shale

9 songs
28:26 minutes
***** ***
Lapdance Academy


After a five track EP in 2005, Brooklyn threesome Dogs Of Winter decided to try a different approach with their debut longplayer From Soil To Shale. In times where the customer spends his money rather on bands he knows, the New Yorkers give their new album away for free on the homepage of their record label. The high bitrate of 320kbps makes sure that you’ll get a maximum listening experience.

Dogs Of Winter can be called a good old-fashioned stoner rock band, but that label alone doesn’t do them justice. A classical power trio of guitar, bass and drums, they play crunchy rock songs that reveal their intricacies only after repeated listening. The guitar riffs are destroying everything in their path, and thanks to an extraordinarily crisp production, this is highlighted even more. Vocal duties are shared between the guitarist and the bassist. Their simultaneous delivery is what makes Dogs Of Winter more than just another offshoot of Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. The perfect vocal harmonies remind a little of bands like King’s X and Galactic Cowboys, and set a nice counterpoint to the otherwise sweaty music.

The video clip of Player Piano can also be watched online, and should give a fair impression of what to expect. The one minute punk rocker Ghost is a furious thunderstorm in an otherwise more thoughtfully designed song architecture. Time signatures vary at times from the typical 4/4-rock scheme, and when it’s all said and done, you will be left wanting for more. Half an hour is actually a rather modest running time for a longplayer, but this guarantees that there will be no fillers, and considering the free admission, it should not really be a reason for complaint. Dogs Of Winter are an excellently professional rock band that found the right balance between gritty performance, enchanting yet muscular vocals and intelligent breaks. Fans of stoner rock or just those into honest, timeless rock music have no excuse not to download this exquisite record.

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