Written by Ingrid Newton
When the Sky Comes Down
6 Seconds In Dallas (Camelot Is Burning)
Temple Of Anger
Telling The Wolves
Cheating The Gallows
In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins cover)
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Matt Zurat - Vocals & guitars Joe Bishop - Drums Anthony Manning - Guitars Bill Cox - Bass
“Leviathan” begins with a calm acoustic guitar instrumental, but that is soon overtaken by a wave of heavy metal laden bass, and commanding vocals, intermingled with ocean-wave-like rhythm, and Iron Maiden-ish guitar riffs. This sea faring song made for a great start to the album.
“6 Seconds In Dallas (Camelot Is Burning)” zaps up back to the year 1963 when then President Kennedy was shot. We clearly hear an audio recording of the swearing in of John F. Kennedy as the U.S. President at the beginning with a very doomy feel within the music as the announcement of the shooting comes through. This historical-filled song reflects the evil and greed perpetrated against a leader of the free world. Between all the worded audio outtakes of that historical event, the band manages to pull off very decent guitar riffs, with strong bass and drums. A musical history lesson has been given, and should never be forgotten.
In “Temple of Anger” we are faced with reflections of war, and the need to stay prepared for it. The majority of today's society is in search of self-meaning, and how we fit into this world as individuals is mirrored within this song. “Wanting to be alone, but not lonely” is desired by very many people, and is described in this multi-tempoed composition, with much heavier tempo from all band members when speaking of anger.
“Vinyl” starts with a groove laden feel, and contains Dimebag Darrell influenced guitar. This catchy song relates to the days of when vinyl was still king, before CD's took over as the music sharing option. Even with remastered digital recordings, many music fans are gravitating back to this mode of listening to their fave bands. With this new resurgence back to vinyl, the search for classic rock and metal albums are sought after with much fervor. Makes me wonder if Dog Day Sunrise will also release their album on vinyl? We will have to wait and see.
“Goodnight America” is the heaviest tune on the album. With its aggressive tempo and vocals and overall feel, we are reminded of a dysfunctional, broken, clued-out American society that is now faced with a generation grown fat while living in front of a video screen. Even though this is specified as American, I think we can agree that this is the norm many are facing worldwide.
“Telling The Wolves” has a slower tempo than the other tunes on this album, and has a “country music” vibe. The feel of the music and lyrics is solemn and shares a desire to leave this society to “save me from myself, save me from this world.” I think many can relate to needing a voice of sanity and the need for love to get us through the daily grind of life. Musically and lyrically speaking, this song stirs up images of a self-sustaining forest filled with the serenading howls of a wolf pack who roam freely, and without prejudice. Ah, to live free without fear of outside dangers sounds ideal, but only the wolves can tell this tale.
“Cheating The Gallows” tells us of how we are surrounded by aspects of death, yet we manage to cheat the gallows, all the while living hollow lives. This song is written in the vein of good ole' rock 'n roll and filled with classic guitar riffs, and zings expected from this music genre.
“In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins cover), the last track on the album was originally released by Phil Collins back in 1981, when hard rock/metal was emerging with new bands; Metallica, Motley Crue, Killer Dwarfs, Pantera, Anthrax, Dark Angel, and many others. Others have covered this song, but I feel that this song was a good fit to finish the album's overall feel and theme. With heart and soul,
Dog Day Sunrise bring their own style to this hugely popular song; bravo! If you are a fan of old school rock with metal influences, this is your band. This band understands the ever-growing societal awakening that results in individuals dealing with anger, frustration, self-reflection and the need to find our own personal path in this life maze. Thank you to Dog Day Sunrise for sharing their new upcoming album When The Sky Comes Down with us. Keep on ROCKIN' dudes!
Highs: Raw energy mixed with solid song writing, and musicianship.
Lows: If I can offer any constructive criticism, I would suggest improving overall recording quality.