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Blind Dog

"Captain Dog Rides Again" CD

MeteorCity Records

Genres: hard rock, metal, stoner rock

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque NM

Sep 29 - Oct 5 2003

As far as metal goes, Captain Dog Rides Again is about as good as it gets.  Blind Dog is a vicious, exciting hard rock band who have been hailed as the new Swedish metal heroes.  One listen will verify this.

One of the best tracks on the album is "Would I Make You Believe," which is also one of the disc's slowest songs in tempo.  It is still dredgingly devastating, though, suffocating the listener with piles of messy guitar slop.  This is chaos, vile chaos - but it's still deliciously melodic and packed with terrific guitar solos and riffs.  "Follow the Fools," meanwhile, is straight out of the seventies metal scene, "Unsellable" is pure, fun rock n' roll, and "Be the Same" is an unusually accessible finale with a very wide selection of instruments involved.

Listening to Captain Dog Rides Again, it's no wonder why Johnny Z (who signed Metallica and Anthrax, among others) called Blind Dog "the best band I've heard in years."  Rock on, Blind Dog, rock on.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by All That's Heavy, released 2003]