“Frozen Summer” by 3 Legged Dogg

Artist: 3 Legged Dogg
Title: “Frozen Summer”
Label: Perris Records
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

While a VH1 “Reality” show used the name before the CD by this band was released I think it is pretty safe to say that the words “Super Group” apply best when you are teaming up former members of Dio, Quiet Riot, Lynch Mob and the David Lee Roth Band. By right the definition of such a term should be “music of heroic or epic proportions” and with that being said, this is exactly what the result is on this Hard Rocking Blues influenced quintet called “3 Legged Dogg”. Here’s why its so easy to stand by this statement; the bands core membership reads like a who’s who in “Big 80’s” Hard Rock and Metal with Vinny Appice (drums), Chas West (vocals, harmonica), Jimmy Bain (bass), Carlos Cavazo (guitar) and Brian Young (guitar). Singer Chas West (Bonham, Lynch mob) reminds me a lot of David Coverdale with a touch of Chris Cornell thrown in and behind him is air-slicing guitar riffs and thunderous drums that possess a quasi Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple finesse. The band is surprisingly fresh and catchy all around and a perfect band in a day where the old sound is sorely required once again. I felt this was also a great new vehicle for the players involved and allows us to see just how creative they are outside of the bands that we know them so well from. I had trouble finding preferential tracks here and I was pretty much just caught up in the overall groove that was happening but I did feel that “Rain On My Parade” had some moments where it really reminded me of Badlands and the late and lost too young Ray Gillen. “One Good Reason” crunches like old Whitesnake and I mean the really old stuff where it was much more Blues based while “Wasted Life” sounds like a tribute to Led Zeppelin or something you would have hoped that Audioslave would have come up with. The pairing of Young and Cavazo really worked and while we all know Carlos pretty well from QR, the world needs to see Mr. Young shine a little more since he is one incredible player and does not let you down on any of the tracks on the album. There is not much more to be said about Bain and Appice beyond the fact that they are probably the tightest Hard Rock rhythm section in the business and have proved this for years while working in Dio. With 3 Legged Dogg they merely remind us of this standing.

The writing credits are the result of the entire bands input and perhaps that adds to the overall appeal of the album since everyone was involved in its creation. I found it refreshing to see all their names on many of the songs as opposed to one member or two. This is a Heavy Metal and Hard Rock fan’s dream come true as far as a lineup is concerned and together its roster has sold over 15 million records combined. Should you be someone who enjoyed the stuff that their individual bands laid down and lean to music of Badlands, Audioslave and Rainbow then this is a no-brainer for you to investigate a little deeper. Let’s hope we get more music from them soon along with some touring as that would definitely worth catching. Lyrics are included for reference and as far as any issues with the release my only two would be that there were not more than eight songs and that I found the name a tad juvenile. I do admit that it is not easy to forget and perhaps that was their reasoning all along. Check this out when you can.

Track Listing:
1. Frozen Summer
2. Give And Take Away
3. Rain On My Parade
4. One Good Reason
5. Wasted Life
6. Long Way Back From Hell
7. Left For Dead
8. Bring The Hammer Down

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/3leggeddogg

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