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The Almighty Devildogs - The Subsessionsdotdot
artworkThis really explains why surf is so different from most other rock instro forms... melody and arrangement. The Almighty Devildogs have neither. Punk riff rock with only its brashness and aggro attack to keep it afloat. It's not enough.
Picks: Massacre

Track by Track Review


AK47 dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is low brow guitar grind -0 a progression without a melody. Thick and angry punkoidal sounds and no actual direction.

Massacre dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

There's a pleasant and sad melody here. "Massacre" is very lonely sounding. The two guitars counter each other really well, like an eighties New Zealand band, but very low key and with round tone. This grows on you.

Agente Z.E.R.O dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

grungy guitars with distortion and occasional feedback play a riff rocker that has a decent melody, but it'd not prominent in the mix, so it doesn't really lead, and besides, the main thing here really is the aggro chord riffs.

Die, Bitch (instrumental) dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is just the backtrack to "Die, Bitch," it illustrates what's wrong with instrumentals without a genuine melody or dominant focal point. It's not much different from the rest of the material here. Angry punk with only volume and grit to offer.

Mephisto's Night Out dot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Truth in advertising... "Mephisto's Night Out" (Lo-fi Demo) certainly is... dark, ugly, relentless, and sounding like it's a block over.