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The Winery Dogs

Hot Streak

Review by Gary Hill

This band seems to really be hot right now. They tour frequently and are releasing music regularly (well, as regularly as can be said when talking about a group's second disc). This album continues their brand of hard rock. That said, it gets closer to progressive rock than their previous set did. This one almost lands close enough to warrant putting it there. Still, maybe next time they’ll really make the transition. Given that two of the three members of the band do a lot of prog with other acts, it seems likely to happen. Either way, this is great stuff.You could say that the Winery Dogs really are on a Hot Streak.

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Track by Track Review
Oblivion

This screams out of the gate. It’s scorching hot with a technical element along with a major groove. The vocals bring a real soulful vibe to the proceedings. There is even a progressive rock like jam mid-track.

Captain Love
Bluesy rock, this has a real classic sound. It’s the kind of thing that was huge in the 1970s. Of course, it’s even got a bit of a Whitesnake vibe, too. Whatever you call it, it is catchy and really rocks.
Hot Streak
The title track is more of the same. That said, it’s not a bad thing. This is sort of in between the first two songs. It’s faster paced and more technical than the last one. The vocal arrangement has some particularly creative things here, too. The instrumental section on this one again lands near prog rock.
How Long
Fast paced and incredibly tasty, this is another screaming hot number. It’s no big change, but just some great rock.
Empire
More soulful hard rock, this reminds me quite a bit of King’s X at times. It’s another proggy one, but it also has some southern rock in the mix.
Fire
A big change, this mellower number has a lot of jazz in the mix. It’s quite a pretty song. It’s soulful and heartfelt.
Ghost Town
A faster cut again, we have some different musical aspects here, too. This is almost proggy while still set in soulful rock. I can hear some King’s X on this one, too. I particularly love the bass line on the mid-track movement.
The Bridge
I definitely hear more of that King’s X kind of thing here. There is jazz, hard rock and some prog in the mix here. It’s another high energy rocker that really works well.
War Machine
Hard rock, soul, jazz and more merge on this melodic rocker. It’s another that’s a bit different. It’s also another real winner.
Spiral
There really is a lot of modern prog rock in the mix here. Add in tome fusion and soulful bluesy rock and you will be in the right territory here.
Devil You Know
The instrumental section on this is quite proggy. There is a lot of Deep Purple in the sound here beyond that. It’s another successful rocker.
Think It Over
In a nice change, organ opens this cut. It works out to a killer soulful jam with some hints of Motown. It gets more rocking later.
The Lamb
There is definitely some progressive rock built into this piece. I like the balance between the mellower and more rocking sounds on this one. I can hear some King’s X here, but also some Deep Purple and more.
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