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Dogpound - 2005 A Night In The Gutter

Hea - vocals
Micke - guitars
Figge - bass
Tuka - drums

Back in 2003, we reviewed the debut Dogpound album 'The Hellbum', and it came as a complete surprise. For me it was one of the albums of the year, and was also right up there as rookie of the year. Well two years on, the band continue the great foundation that was previously laid, and give us album number two 'A Night In The Gutter'. Don't let the album title put you off, this is more hardened melodic rock than severe heavy-metal as the name might suggest. Certainly melody comes easily to these guys (they're Swedish for goodness sake.. I wouldn't expect anything other than melodic), and you won't have to go very far to find it. As before, the guitars are amped and revved, but unlike what we heard on 'The Hellbum', they are pushed slightly back in the mix, giving this album a more even and complete sound. Guitarist Micke Dahlqvist never lets his foot off the pedal for one minute, and the songs batter away with all the energy of todays modern rockers, but with a barrel load more class than what you'll hear on todays excuse for rock radio. And will you get to hear these guys on radio? I doubt it, and thats the shame, because there is a heap to enjoy on 'A Night In The Gutter'.

The Songs
It's full-steam ahead and gung-ho with the opener 'Captain Hook & Jesus'. Quite what the band were trying to tell us lyrically defies explanation.. lol, but they do so over some bludgeoning riffs. Melody and a superb chorus dominate '5 Seconds Away', the song topped off by an incisive solo from Micke. A brooding theme permeates through 'Still My Heart', still big on melody, but can someone please explain what the end sequence on this song is all about? (some form of Arabic or North African music). The band manage to mix commercialism with melodic hard rock on 'Not By Choice'. I think I'd rather listen to this than Nickelback to be honest. 'Sail On', full of vocal harmonies and a mid-tempo approach allows the band to ease up slightly, because 'In Another Lifetime' takes the band into full-flight again. I quite liked 'Dreamworld', the band sounding similar to Gregg Fulkerson's Attraction 65 project from a few years ago. 'Loaded My Guns' is quite a cool track, favouring a House Of Shakira like feel. The solo is kinda cool too! Something new, in the form of an acoustic ballad is delivered with 'Worries Of Yesterday'. The deft flute lines and acoustic guitar picking are beautiful. 'P.P.F' thrives on being at the hardest edge of melodic rock while the closer 'Worth The Pain' twists and turns with angst and excuse the pun.. pain. And again, a weird outtro gives the listener more to think about.. confusion being just one of those thoughts surely? lol. It reminded me of those weird outtro's on Alkemyst's 2003 album 'Meeting In The Mist'.

In Summary
I would go so far as to say that Dogpound are the best band on the Lion Music label. Their brand of excitable hard rock sounds good on CD, and I betcha they'll sound awesome in a live setting. Sounds like they come packed with a hefty slice of humor too! Here's hoping they give all the punters an excuse to turn up to the Sweden Rock Festival for 2006. I hope people come armed with ear-plugs.. these guys are loud!

Track Time: 50.13

Track Listing:
01 Captain Hook & Jesus
02 5 Seconds Away
03 Still My Heart
04 Not By Choice
05 Sail On
06 In Another Lifetime
07 Dreamworld
08 Inside Of You
09 Loaded My Guns
10 Worries Of Yesterday
11 P.P.F
12 Worth The Pain


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