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Doghouse Swine

Fearless

Review by Gary Hill

I love music that combines different sounds to create something unique. Of course, really, “sounds” or genre are artificial designations in order to better organize and classify things. Music is music and most often a reflection of the artistic journey of the participants. Still, this has a lot of cool, somewhat diverse elements. Overall, the best description would be punk rock, but there is a lot of metal in the mix. Of course, metal and punk are kind of cousins, anyway. There is also a healthy helping of psychedelia in the mix here. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, though, and this is cool stuff.

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Track by Track Review
Fearless

I love the mean sound on the guitar here. This is a high energy stomper that’s part metal and part punk. It works through several changes, turning more toward hardcore late.

Dangerous
Raw and screaming hot, this is more scorching punk rock. It has more of a psychedelic edge to it in some ways.
Get Some
This is more pure punk, but not as energized as the first couple tunes. Still, it has some hints of metal and some definite energy. I just like the first couple songs better than this one.
Knew It All
The first half of this isn’t a big change. Then it launches out into a guitar solo based instrumental section that’s on fire.
Born in the Hole
Raw punk, this is a killer cut. It’s one of the best here. It’s just packed with anger and energy.
Out of Time
I love the bass sound that starts this. As the guitar joins, the sound makes me think of a slower Dead Kennedys. I love the fuzz laden guitar solo section on this cut.
 
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