|Dogpound: A Night In The Gutter
Posted by Steve Ambrosius, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-01-13 20:27:55
Dogpound, the Swedish metal band, are 20 years too late. In 1986, they would have made a fortune alongside bands like Honeymoon Suite, Cinderalla, and Bon Jovi. A Night In The Gutter is really not metal, hair-band, or AOR, but simply a combination of the best parts of most of those. Unfortunately, there really isn't a market right now for that middle of the road band.
"5 Seconds Away" is very probably the most radio friendly song on the CD, but none of the songs really experiment too far from the Verse/Chorus/Bridge formula. Micke Dahlqvist plays a standard metal lead and rhythm that fills in nicely around Henrik Andersson's vocals, which show good range and is the main factor in what makes many of the songs unique.
A Night In The Gutter is not going to open any new windows into song composition, but if you wish bands like Zebra or The Outfield had recorded a few more albums, here is a CD that will fit right in with your collection. It will take the right audience, but anyone that rocked to this style of music in the late 80s will feel right at home here. Dogpound's second release on Lion Music is recommended for their overall tribute to that era.