"Cut Down to the Quick" (Exotic; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Embodying what a rock'n'roll band should really be about, NYC's Dogs of Winter play a kind of sultry, sinewy hard rock devoid of pandering or excess. Instead, this trio opts to get down and dirty like Motorhead meeting the Foo Fighters on the bong-induced groove of "Natasha" and the All versus Nirvana crunch of "Thumbscrews."

Armed with sweeping choruses, guitar fuzz galore, and an airtight rhythm section that solidifies the foundation, "Cut Down to the Quick" is an album whose hypnotically hazy riffs and thick delivery transcend metal, punk, and stoner rock, drawing up something substantial for the kids to load the bong to. 

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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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