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I recently purchased Dog of Panic's new album Epsilon and have really enjoyed listening to it. The group identifies itself as "Fusion / Progressive / Rock", which I can hear on a couple of the tracks, but this album feels more solidly in the metal category to me.
I can hear many influences in their music including Black Sabbath, Tool, Megadeth, and Metallica. These influences are blended well and flow seamlessly back and forth throughout the tracks. For instance, "Lysergic" starts with music that is very reminiscent of Tool, and then intersperces drum patterns that are more typical of Metallica. The vocal sound though is completely unique.
As you may already be able to tell by the influences that I was able to pick out, Epsilon is rhythm centered with driving, guitars that are - for the most part - heavily distorted. Although, there are a few exceptions. "Learning To Overcome" is more melodic than much of the rest of the album and uses less distortion.
The message on Epsilon varies between songs, but many of the tracks are thought provoking. "The Missionary" points out how people have committed atrocities and justified their actions by claiming that they were serving God. "Long Live America" is about the contradictions and misconceptions of America: removing freedoms to provide a sense of security (even though we were founded on freedom, not security) and the notion that those who work hard will get rich ("American Dream"). Being trapped by your own internal struggles is the theme of "The Cell". "Bewbs", by contrast, is a humorous track much in the vein of songs on "The Bob & Tom Show".
With its sound influenced by many of the greats and its unique vocals and clear messages, Dog of Panic's Epsilon is a sturdy addition to any metal collection.
|1.||The Missionary||7.||Admiral Ackbar|
|2.||Moosekick||8.||One Day At A Time|
|3.||When Can I Go Home||8.||Sabateur|
|4.||Learning To Overcome||10.||Long Live America|
|5.||Ancient Scribe||11.||The Cell|