New Mexican self-proclaimed rapcore hating label, Meteor City, kick out a howling heavy CD with Blind Dog's debut, The Last Adventures of Captain Dog. Previous only appearance of Blind Dog was on Roadrunner's Burn One Up compilation, a stoner-rock CD. The label is very competent, and has such acts as The Atomic Bitchwax (with Monster Magnet's Ed Mundell), Goatsnake, Natas and others. Well produced and well packaged, The Last Adventures of Captain Dog even have great liner notes - Blind Dog don't offer lyrics within the sleeve of the album, however. Instead they offer their story and history, a well written expose' that brings back the days when bands actually had something to say besides what's in the songs, including stories behind the tracks themselves - well done!
Made up of Thomas Elenvik (drums/percussion/Hammond), Joakim Thell (guitars/harmonica) and Tobias Nilsson (bass/growly vocals), I was somewhat surprised to find only three members of this band. Their work sounds very complete, especially guitars, and it's easy to see four or five people contributing to the powerful sound. Playing together for about a half decade or so now, The Last Adventures of Captain Dog is as much an anthology of Blind Dog's work than it is a debut album, with songs that are as old as the outfit. You have to respect a band that waits until the "right time" to put something out, rehearsing, refining the tracks, instead of just farting out a quick debut that is nothing but raw cuts and things that should find their home instead among the rats of the studio floor.
The CD open with the enormously heavy Thundergroove, a riff-crushing balls out track of utter carnage. Heavy enough to crush a freighter, groovy enough to stomp a pit. Keeping the heavy and loud style, 10,000 Reasons on track 2 breaks through after Thundergroove picking up the speed just a bit at the outset but slowing down to a more grunge-oriented rhythm. I have to give props to the inclusion of a sample of Merlin from the film "Excalibur" starting off Blend (track 3). And I love the opening riff of Beyond My Reach. It has a classic, rock metal feel to it hearkening back to Led Zep, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. The keyboards you hear in the back are reminiscent of Steppenwolf, and harmonica adds a touch of blues, and all of the above show the wide range of influence that go into a band that are as much fans of the music as they are players. We can even take a break with track 8 - Damned If I Should Care is a ballad that opens with rock-country guitar chords, but at 2:00 in length it mostly provides a short breather between heavier tracks. It provides a nice segue into the next track, Coming To. The album closes just as heavy as it opened with the closing track Lose, coming in like a lion and going out with just as strong a roar.
I mostly quit the metal listening back when "alternative" moved from being an off the cuff adjective to the name of a musical genre. I poked my head in only sparingly after that, and when one of my very favorites, Soundgarden, split up I've moved myself stronger into the EBM/electronic/industrial scenes. But Blind Dog could very well be my Soundgarden replacement, with their heavy sound, power riffs and mean attitude. And they even have something to say, not only in the songs but penned on the sleeve. You don't see things that cool anymore. Blind Dog shits all over the cookie-cutter alterna-grunge scene of today and sends it groveling for the pits where it belongs.
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