Horse Of The Dog review by The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

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  • Released: Jan 14, 2003
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (2 votes)
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster: Horse Of The Dog

Sound — 8
Truly a weird band. There are not many ways in which to describe the overall sound of this unique band except straight up weird! Its punk and pyschodelic leanings are always prevelant, thus making them a band with a very prominent and strong sound and style. Whether they took inspiration from bands such as The Doors, The Pink Fairy's, Sex Pistols and John Lee Hooker and or not is unknown to me but it certainly sounds like they did. A considerable Blues elemant is unearthed the more you listen to the record though which shows they really are a perculier band. Team Meat, the second last song is straight up balls to the wall screamo punk rock! Its sleazy interlude is perfect for a situation when you just feel an evil streak coming along! The excitment in this album is certainly something to envy. But don't let this deter you if you are more into slower stuff, Presidential Wave is a more complicated song with a slow swagger to it that relies on a more Rolling Stones with a mix of Robert Johnson kind of vibe.

Lyrics — 8
The opening song Celebrate Your Mother encapsulates this bands energetic and brave lyrics. What it's about is something that you have to decide yourself. It could be just about some sought of weird fetish he has or could be more deeper than that, maybe about living for today? It's up to you. In General this band is very sexual in their lyrics in that they often use crude terms to emphasise a point. Some bands use this technique as pointless shock factor but there is a lot more to delve from this bands rude obscurity. But in the same way, don't be scared by this as their lyrics are similar to System Of A Down, The Hives and The Murderdolls, so if you are keen on their humour induced lyrics then you will love this bands numerous one liner chants!

Overall Impression — 8
Giant Bones is a great song with endless swagger and energy! Its screaming lyrics and then an out-of-this-world "woop" following just shows how creative this band can be. its psychotic punk is shown throughout with songs like Fishfingers and Whack Of Shit. Morning Has Broken is similar to the likes of Death From Above, mainly in the fuzzy as all hell guitar sound! There are enough guitar techniques used on this album, for something so short anyway, so guitar freaks will be well equipped. What does let this band down a little is their lack of variety, in terms of heavy and soft I am refering to. It can't be denied that this short album doens't require an eight minute opeth of a song with overdubs and synths. This band is just not that! But a let up in all that raucous mess would of been nice. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a change from the classic punk scene or don't understand the whole overated hype behind Enter Shikari then buy this album! it's wonderful weirdness will make your mind spin in shock and bewilderment.

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