"Through the Eyes of Heathens" (Small Stone; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


The earthshaking tones of Sweden’s Dozer are back with full force on the quartet’s most recent release, the 10-track "Through the Eyes of Heathens."

Fleshing out its Hessian blend of stoner rock with a plethora of hard rock histrionics and desert rock debauchery, songs like “Blood Undone” and the groove-laden “Man of Fire” contain grungy nuances and garage rock’s fuzziness which further accentuate the band’s already mammoth sound, while “Days of Future Past” knocks you on your ass with a loud/soft dynamic that evokes Soundgarden or Alice in Chains at their grittiest. 

Versatile enough to execute brooding slow burners like “Until Man Exists No More” with the same expertise as chunky riffs on “Drawing Dead,” this disc is an essential purchase for the hard rock fan whose eclectic palate goes way beyond Godsmack.

Dozer: Frederik Nordin - Vocals and Guitar; Tommi Holappa - Lead Guitar; Johan Rockner - Bass Guitar; Daniell Liden - Drums. 
Additional Vocals: Troy Sanders of Mastodon.

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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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