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Mongrel
Fear, Lies and Propaganda

Company: Screaming Ferret Wrecords
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Strutter
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating
4



  • Mixed breeds sometimes are a listener's best friend



  • Punk, rock, grunge and metal...all come into play from the mix breed dog known as Mongrel. Hailing from Massachusetts, the quintet has managed to cross over four different genres without muddying the aural waters. Their latest release, "Fear Lies, and Propaganda" is a high throttle collection from a group that has been christened the hardest working band in Boston. Mongrel began in 2003 when guitarist Adam Savage, formerly of the band Shockwave joined forces with Matt "Death" Rowe, formerly of the band 48 Rooms. The bands' original line up released a self-titled 4 song ep in the Fall of 2003 including 3 original songs and a cover of Body Count's "Cop Killer." Two more eps followed, and after a couple of the inevitable line up changes, Mongrel has finally been able to tug at the leash of their own unique sound. Current members, Adam Savage: guitars, Drew Barker: vocals, Rev: bass, Ed Loguercio: drums have compiled 13 energizing tunes that despite different styles and arrangements come off as a deliberate weave vs. a random pattern. Currently touring and already at work on next year's release, Mongrel proves that mixed breeds sometimes are a listener's best friend.



    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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