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Dogs Of Winter - Cut Down To The Quick - 2005 - Exotic Recordings

Track Listing
1. Spurs
2. Hard To Let Go
3. Natasha
4. Thumbscrews
5. Three Body Problem
New York's Dogs Of Winter probably have more in common with the likes of Foo Fighters and Nickelback than they do with the true as steel warrior spirit of the standard heavy metal hero. The band have released their first album in "Cut Down To The Quick", a moody rock piece that could find it's way into the hearts and minds of the "outside looking in" commercial rocker. The band is a three gun salute; Brian Grosz (vocals, guitar), Dave Valle (Drums), Seth Berkowitz (Bass). Grosz is dynamite in a bottle, ranging from psychadelic happenings to the most intense screams of anguish. With a cut like "Spurs" the band is hard nosed with the likes of whatever suit and tie airplay of the week. "Natasha" has more of a Swedish rock vibe to it, maybe fitting in with the likes of Mother Misery or possibly Crystal Pistol. Overall not enough bang for this power metal madman, but for the casual rock and roller this might be just enough swing to validate a purchase.

Highly recommended for fans of Dust To Dust, Nickelback, Mother Misery, Foo Fighters, and maybe even the damn Meat Puppets.

Note - "Cut Down To The Quick" is available from CD Baby and Amazon.



--EC 2.06.06
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Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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