Dawn Of The Proto-man (Wurmhole Records 2003)

album review

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Yes, I know this was released 2 years ago, but I just found out these guys exist, so fuck off. Ogre are a 3-piece from Maine, (that quirky place between NH and Canada..where the good lobsters come from) and they're what's missing in today's hard rock. Somewhere between Pentagram, Clutch, The Hidden Hand, and old AC/DC, Ogre are just too badass 70's rock for their own good. Of course NWOBHM influences are everywhere also, along with sprinkles of everything from Cathedral to Thin Lizzy. Tracks like "Colossus" and "The Jaded Beast" lay down sick basslines under catchy groove-laden riffs. Bluesy leads scream from the speakers, vocals wail, and walking basslines pop up here and there. "Black Death" brings a taste of old-school doom, fried to perfection. The vocals on this album vary from song to song, which keeps things fresh, but you can tell these guys are still locking down their style...and I can't wait to see how far they've come on the next release. Ed sings a bit on the high side, but it's perfect for the tunes. If you're into classic 70's rock and/or stoner rock, this album should be in your collection.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie

AbsolutMetal 2005