Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: Dobermann Cult - Lions Share of the Dog Years

Originating from the heart of Sweden, Dobermann Cult have dominated the underground hardcore scene for a little over half a decade; forming in 2006. The band have blended a furious harmony of New York style hardcore with the most brutal of punk bands spanning over the release of four LPs and one split. Back with a vengeance, will Lions Share of the Dog Years be all bark and no bite, or will it leave a deep and oozing wound?

Genre: Hardcore
Label: Gaphals
Release Date: November 25th, 2013
  1. How I Wanna Live
  2. Human Tank
  3. Stand Up For This
  4. On A Dime
  5. Contact Sport
  6. Dawn Patrol
  7. No Tolerance for Intolerance
  8. From Cradle to Grave
  9. In It For the Fucking Species
  10. Buck Up
  11. Piss and Vinegar
  12. Power House
  13. Brand New Beast
Total Playtime: 25 minutes, 33 seconds





Rating: 8.0/10




Originating from the heart of Sweden, Dobermann Cult have dominated the underground hardcore scene for a little over half a decade; forming in 2006. The band have blended a furious harmony of New York style hardcore with the most brutal of punk bands spanning over the release of four LPs and one split. Back with a vengeance, will Lions Share of the Dog Years be all bark and no bite, or will it leave a deep and oozing wound?

After a small audio snippet, "How I Wanna Live" opens the content up with a heavy Black Flag influence that will get the audience headbanging right away. The vehement vocals grab the listener by the neck and refuse to let go as the singer screams his lyrics until he is presumably red in the face with rage and energy. This influence sticks through various tracks throughout the content, such as "Stand Up for This" and "Power House". More punk and hardcore ascendancy of old strikes in many forms, including that of the legendary Sex Pistols, Cro Mags and Agnostic Front. The vocals are unrelenting and never lose their focus or stride, they invariably create an upbeat and vigorous stratosphere while prevailing the front-lines of each song with chants, stretched yells and invigorating growls.


As far as the instrumental material goes, the bass is a pervasive invasion of heavy duty lines that break their way to the front of the album consistently, such as in "Contact Sport", "No Tolerance for Intolerance", "Piss and Vinegar" and many more of the thirteen tracks present. The standard tuning and low distortion of the guitars really allows for the bass to shine through to create a huge backing emphasis on the content. While the bass alone has enough hooks to nearly complete the LP, the main guitar riffs offer a plentiful bounty of mind-sticking rhythms. Mostly comprised of blazing power chord progressions, the dual guitars find themselves creating some of the most memorable punk style compositions heard in hardcore, for instance the highly Sex Pistols inspired "No Tolerance for Intolerance", "Stand Up for This", "Contact Sport" and "From Cradle to Grave", and that is just the starting sample platter. As far as the drums are concerned, they utilize virtually every part of the kit to provide everything from furious grindcore type blast beats, to mid-tempo punk blast beats and a variety of reinforcing sequences that are thick with deep tom-toms and hi-hat crashes.

With a hellacious tempo and thriving musical composure that lasts for the length of the album, what could possibly be negative to say about Lions Share of the Dog Years? Not a whole lot, however at times the vocals find themselves off sync but the vocalist recovers rather effortlessly; it sounds like he gets so enthralled and passionate that he neglects to realize that he may be off rhythm, and if that's the case it really isn't a bad thing! Another point keeping the album down is a slightly compressed sound in the audio quality, which holds the content back a little from coming across as powerful as it really is, especially where the lows are concerned such as the bass guitar and bass drum. It also may seem like nitpicking, but the lyric booklet is filled with extremely obvious spelling errors that could've been easily fixed by a simple spell check click, but that's neither here nor there in terms of music quality.

With their fourth LP, Dobermann Cult have really nailed it in terms of mastering a creative and influential hardcore style. Lions Share of the Dog Years is filled with impressive riffs and crowd ensnaring chants that the listener won't soon forget. You can almost pin-point crowd favorites and setlist musts such as "No Tolerance for Intolerance", "Contact Sport" and "From Cradle to Grave" from the very start of the tracks. This album is definitely a must hear for any hardcore enthusiast, especially those who love throwbacks to old school punk bands like Black Flag.

Physical Copy Provided by: Gaphals

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