"Fearless" (Manta Ray Records; 2015)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Fearless," by NY/NJ's Doghouse Swine, is a rough and raw rock'n'roll record that reminds me a little of the legendary Dead Boys. It  may not be quite as rough and raw as the Dead Boys were, but they're pretty damn close. It's got driving rhythms, raunchy guitars and straight-forward punk rock vocal yells with no melodic singing and no death metal growls but just nice rounded aggression.

The songs are solid and fast-paced from beginning to end which isn't that surprising considering the six-track running length of just under seventeen minutes. And those seventeen minutes will leave you aurally battered yet ready for more.

Those looking for some un-refined, ass-kicking, unadulterated rock'n'roll need look no further than "Fearless." In fact, my only complaint about this CD is that it's all over too fast!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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