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Dos Cobros

Misadventures in Dystopia

Review by Gary Hill

When I reviewed a previous set from this act, I landed it under heavy metal, but said that with the amount of punk in the mix, it could almost have fit under non-prog. Well, this one is under metal, but again, it could have gone elsewhere. This time, though, it comes close to prog rock. That's because the space rock elements that showed up on the other set are even more prominent here. This has plenty of art rock, too. Yet, it still pulls in lots of metal and industrial. You even get some hip hop and other things here. This is so creative and genre-bending. It's also very strong. In fact, I think this might wind up in my "best of 2021" list. The packaging earns it points, and one of our Youtube bonus videos, too.

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Track by Track Review
Initiation (A Space Wolf Tale)
This pounds in quite metallic, but it also has a driving space rock concept at play. It definitely makes me think of Hawkwind. This gets rather industrial and quite intense before it's over. Yet, it also modulates into mellower, spacey keyboard dominated stuff.
No Hope (A Black Phillip Tale)
Another with both space rock and metal in the mix. It also has plenty of industrial sound and even some hip hop tendencies. This is artsy and creative. It's also dark and strangely catchy.
Simonsaze (Rebellion Mix)
This isn't a huge change, but it really drives with so much style. It has some hints of things like Beastie Boys at times, but is driving powerhouse art rock at its core.
The Perfect Game (A Slender Man Tale)
A driving, metal stomper is on the menu as this gets underway. This is a spooky and cool tune.
X's In Our Eyes (Native Mix)
A driving rocker this has plenty of space rock in the mix. It is almost dance oriented in some ways, too.
Ubuntu (Insomnia Mix)
Fast-paced jamming is on the menu here. This has a real artsy, space rock concept at play. It's another powerhouse.
Stand Up (An Agent 002 Tale)
The keyboard textures on this really do make it feel like James Bond music. The song is a driving, artsy space rock type number. It's also one of the most effective cuts on this disc.
Secrets (Hectic Mix)
This makes me think of Rage Against the Machine a lot. The cut has some driving keyboards that bring another angle. It's frantic and so cool.
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