“1” and “Dog Days” by Goatsnake

Artist: Goatsnake
Title: “I” & “Dog Days”
Label: Southern Lord
Release Date: 9/21/2004
Genre: Doom Metal
Rating: 7/10

As I listened to Goatsnake, I was convinced that if Black Sabbath started today that they would be considered a Stoner/Doom Metal band instead of the Fathers Of Heavy Metal that they became. Goatsnake is so influenced by the Sabbath sound that you almost feel as though you are listening to rough demos of the band or unreleased tracks. Solid from top to bottom, this album takes two of the band’s long out of print releases and gives them to you in one handy CD. The guitars buzz and drone along with a steady pulse, while the drums thud like you are in the studio listening to them perform. The members of the band include Greg Rogers (drums), Guy Pinnas (bass), Pete Stahl (vocals/harp), and Greg Anderson (guitars). Anderson is also the founder of Southern Lord records and a member of Sunn 0))). The music of Goatsnake is more traditional than that of his other band, and far less experimental. Stoner/Doom Metal is rising in popularity and it’s interesting to see in a time when Progressive nature seems to be taking control more and more. Back-to-basics traditionalism is more the way of Stoner Metal, and in this capacity Goatsnake surely delivers. I had no real favorites offhand but enjoyed the full flow of the album itself. There is a certain head-banging in each of the tunes across the span of the record. The lyrics are included for you to enjoy on a 4 page foldout, but I have to admit I found it difficult to read based on the black and gold color scheme. This is a great CD for those that love the simple groove and heavy drone of Sabbath-styled riffing and lyrical content. Get trampled by the Goatsnake.

Track Listing: “1”
1. Slippin’ The Stealth
2. Innocent
3. IV
4. Mower
5. Dog Catcher
6. What Love Remains
7. Lord Of Los Feliz
8. Trower
9. Orphan
10. Long Gone
11. Heartbreaker
12. Raw Curtains
13. Man Of Light
14. Who Are Free
15. Knuckleburster

Official Website: www.southernlord.com

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