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3 Legged Dogg: Frozen Summer

If you yearn for the heavy sounds of Soundgarden, or wished that Audioslave would have kicked things up a little on their few released before Chris Cornell left the band, then I urge you to check out the debut CD from hard rocl/metal supergroup 3 Legged Dogg, Frozen Summer. Comprised of drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Rick Derringer), guitarists Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) & Brian Adams (David Lee Roth), bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow), and singer Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob), there's plenty of experience coming together on this project, and it really works. What you get is muscular & melodic hard rock, long on thick, beefy guitar riffs from Cavazo and Adams, and the strong vocals of West, who really is the jewel that makes this whole thing work. Why this guy isn't a superstar is the question, as his husky pipes remind very much of a young Chris Cornell from his Soundgarden days. Tracks like "Bring the Hammer Down" and "One Good Reason" bristle with heavy riffs, pounding rhythms, and confident vocals. Of course, it helps that the melodies are strong and memorable, which is the case on each and every song on this set. Cavazo and Adams throw in plenty of metallic and sometimes bluesy chords, giving these songs no shortage of "oomph", and when the solos rip, expect 70's styled distorted hard rock leads.

In a perfect world this CD would be a huge success. With only 8 songs, it's a little on the short side, but it's 8 songs of pure quality, and you will want to hit the replay button again and again. Fans of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Badlands, Lynch Mob, The Lizards, Riverdogs, Black Sabbath, Mountain, and Dio, should be all over this.

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

Added: July 30th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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3 Legged Dogg: Frozen Summer
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-07-30 07:46:47
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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.

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