DoomDogs - DoomDogs

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Sweden's DoomDogs have every element of classic doom and stoner metal from Black Sabbath through Cathedral to Corrosion of Conformity nailed down perfectly on their self-titled debut album, packing in examples of each effortlessly. GG's vocals bring together Phil Anselmo in southern metal mode, plenty of John Garcia and of course Scott Weinrich, in a heady mixture of stoner doom aggression across six tracks, three of which are between eight and nine minutes, and all of which have riffs to spare. The element that perhaps makes DoomDogs more fun and more accessible than a lot of doom metal releases is the strong fuzzy rock 'n' roll feel to some of the faster passages, and the interchangeability between that and the straight doom metal they seem able to achieve on each track, in a similar way to Goatsnake in that sense. DoomDogs have enough variety to strike a chord with every doom metal fan, regardless of their particular sub-genre persuasions, and enough non-doom influences to hook an extra group of fans as well, and fit in on any festival line-up or touring bill. It's a kind of versatility rarely seen and should hopefully mean their name starts to become very widely known. This is a strong contender for debut of the year and possibly doom album of the year (albeit it was released on vinyl last year).

Written by Andy Lye
More: 2010, Albums, Doom Metal, Quick.Play Reviews,

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