PUPPY

The Goat SPINEFARM Mer­cu­rial met­allers live up to the hype on their de­but al­bum

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews -

on the suR­face it might look like an odd thing that a fairly unas­sum­ing group of chaps play­ing a type of melodic in­die, al­ter­na­tive rock should be fea­tured in the pages of this mag­a­zine. But, such is the odd lit­tle niche that Puppy have cre­ated for them­selves, it would prob­a­bly feel odd no mat­ter what pub­li­ca­tion they fea­tured in. It’s tes­ta­ment to their skill as song­writ­ers and their ob­vi­ous love of heavy metal mu­sic that this truly does feel like the ideal place for them. For a de­but al­bum this is a might­ily im­pres­sive and quirky lit­tle record. The se­duc­tive and sooth­ing croon of Jock Nor­ton might be less Bruce Dickinson and more Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, but such is his grasp of twist­ing melodies out of ev­ery cor­ner of his mind, you’ll find your­self hum­ming along with the hook to a song like En­tombed with­out even re­al­is­ing it has plonked it­self into your head. And, frankly, when Puppy do want to kick up a storm, they’ve got some se­ri­ous riffs in their arse­nal. Vengeance will get the head of any fan of Möt­ley Crüe bang­ing with its sleazy, slide gui­tar and punk pace, Nor­ton chan­nels his in­ner Randy Rhodes on the ex­cel­lent And So I Burn, and Bath In Blood could be an early un­heard Ghost cut. Al­though if you think this is a full-blown old-school metal al­bum then you’ve mis­judged the eclec­tic na­ture of this band; there’s just as much of a nod to Pix­ies, Nada Surf and Texas Is The Rea­son as there is Van Halen. That in it­self is enough to con­vince you The Goat is worth your time. By the time you get to the fi­nal track – and pos­si­ble al­bum high­light – Demons, you’ve long for­got­ten about all the things that Puppy are not, and are in­stead con­cen­trat­ing on en­joy­ing their odd charms.

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FOR FANS OF: Van Halen, Weezer, Ghost

STEPHEN HILL

Puppy are suck­ers for a killer tune

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