Noteworthy Band Debut Reviewed
Dogma's debut release is one of the first attempts of established rap label Def Jam Recordings(L.L. Cool J, Public Enemy, Beasty Boys) to branch off into rock music. this is a serious effort worth making note of.
Dogma combine the alternative metal stylings of Alice in Chains, Corrosion of Conformity, and early Soundgarden, with the cleaner pop styled vocals similar to Collective Soul are an infectious mix.
Feeding the Future is an up tempo and aggressive effort by the New York foursome. The album shifts motors with a combination of melodic ballads and raging tunes to keep the listener riveted for a full 45 minutes.
Dogma utilizes the four string bottom end of Sean Carmody. Layer over him two thick grungy guitar lines and support it with pounding drums and you have the basis for Dogma's sonic assault.
The melodies are simple, but aggressive and well executed by Allocco. The songs have catchy hooks in them without sounding overly generic in nature.
Classic tunes are premiered all over Feeding the Future, some with legit radio potential. "Held My Tongue," "Too Many People," and "Unsaid" are immediate standouts. Don't rule out "Reasons" though, even if it is a challenge with it's odd time signatures.
Despite the fact that dogma means an organized system of beliefs. Dogma's lyrics challenge the listener to find their own personal individuality and explore it rather than submitting to others expectations.
A noteworthy fact about Feeding the Future is it was produced by Steve Thompson (Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Blues Travelers, Buthole Surfers). This adds to the band sound makes for a very well balanced recording. Overall Feeding the Future represents an above average effort by an up and coming band. Definitely check out Dogma if you want alternative rock with a bit more bite, and hit potential.
By Eric Peltier
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