Hogbitch - Hogbitch
The album kicks off with "Queen B," which reminded me of Paul Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden. The 6/8 feel propelled by the double bass drums and a simple yet heavy and memorable riff make this song a strong opener. The soaring female vocals really add another dimension to this band. Although I like the instrumentation, it's the vocals that really sell me on the band. The band is at a more soulful and reserved state on the third track "Black Corridor." It's safe to say the track is influenced by psychedelic rock, with a slow, plodding riff accompanied by mysterious vocals drowned in reverb. I liked the track for the most part, but I was really off-put by the guitar solo. It doesn't fit the song at all and is a very unmemorable solo with tons of the wah pedal just kicked back and forth and lots of vibrato that would some points bend the notes out of key. "Hameh" and "Slaves of the Ether" are some of my other favorites on the album for their traditional metal sound and "Slaves of the Ether" for its progressive nature.
"Rats in the Walls" is a very weak way to end the album in my opinion, especially with the almost messy guitar solos. The band is a very strong-sounding one, I feel like they could have ended the album with a bang but instead it's one of my least favorite songs on the album.
Overall, there isn't much here you haven't heard before if you're a fan of the bands they're influenced by. However, they do the sound justice and this album is worth checking out if you're a fan of said bands.
Label: Dogfingers Records
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Similar: Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Helloween
- Queen B
- Thrown to the Sky
- Black Corridor
- Life Begins and Ends in the Subterranean Oceans of Ceres
- Slaves of the Ether
- Consumptive Sun
- Skin You Don't Know Me
- Rats in the Walls