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Dog Faced Gods - Stone Council - 2005 - Voodoo Nation

Track Listing
1. Desperately
2. Good Life
3. Brings Me Down
4. Earth Is Hell
5. Run, Run
6. Intro
7. Water Pipe Bong
8. But Me
9. Time Is Standing Still
10. Save Me
11. Will I Ever Fit In
12. Stand Alone
13. Simple Man
14. No One Left
15. Stand Alone (rap version)
This is all just downright silly if you think about it. Dog Faced Gods seems to be the perfect corporate rock band, a group that just throws any kind of material on their record, a diversified effort to land a single in some type of genre. And this isn't a total waste of talent, but at the same time I wish the group would simply pick one avenue and go with it.

"Stone Council" is an album of sounds. Dog Faced Gods simply achieve a moment in time, scrambling around with a loose, Southern sound while exploring many different genres with it. In today's modern rock arenas, this type of band could break through. But I really believe at this point in time they will confuse more audiences than they gain. If you look at tracks like "Desperately" and "Stand Alone" you will hear that modern airwave approach, the same sounds put on display by Clear Channel. With this material Dog Faced Gods border on a more loosely built Lifehouse, or to the other extreme a heavier 3 Doors Down. Other times the group caters to the Kid Rock crowd, bouncing to a hip-hop rhythm with "Earth Is Hell", "Water Pipe Bong", and "But Me". Other cuts keep an Uncle Kracker type of stance, never fully committing to a hard rock vibe, just sort of coat-tailing along hoping for the best.


--EC 05.30.05
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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