Dopegoat
Nannadu
(2019)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre:
Grunge, Progressive
Sounds Like:
Gruntruck, Stick
Monday, July 29, 2019
How could we not review this clever and intriguing album cover? Brilliant for its artistic nostalgia and simplicity. Overall the fretwork on Dopegoat’s second EP is the backbone to the Atlanta Georgia trio’s sound. The production is crisp as Bielski’s precision shines bright. Walker provides some very unique rhythms that engage the listener and provide further depth. That being said we do have a hard time getting through the first few minutes of "Bechug" but the grinding churning guitar melodies develop into more progressive angles as the song matures. Vocally the track has this odd Gene Simmons tone, but again we tolerate given the creative fretwork. "Derbler" and "Ozmodiar" shine for a very powerful dirty and gritty closure.

Track Listing:
1. Boilded Raunch (4:45)
2. Bechug (6:45)
3. Derbler (6:18)
4. Ozmodiar (7:36)

Standout Track:
The closer "Ozmodiar" dives into some brave contrast as it patiently creeps with grinding melodies. We hear some progressive flare with Kings X-like harmonies along with some impressive build-up. This one pays tremendous homage to the 90s punch yet dives into some experimental territory. The longest track yields the most entertaining conclusion. If only this landscape was painted steadily from start to finish, we would have an editor’s pick amongst us.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Goat humping imperial stout lovers need to dive into ‘Existence’ an American imperial stout at a solid 11.8 ABV. The brew was designed to age and develop over time into the intense yet balanced Imperial Stout with a strong structure and viscous body. The beer features notes of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, subtle cherry and bourbon. Kudos to Creature Comforts for developing the stout to blend with fellow Georgia natives Dopegoat.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.2 out of 11

Vocal Performance
6.7 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
7.9 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.3 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.8 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.2 out of 11

Contrast
8.5 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.5 out of 11

Production Value
8.7 out of 11

Dopegoate are:
Sam Bielski - Guitar and Vocals
Matt Klem - Bass and Vocals
William Walker - Drums

Final Thoughts:
Listen it is tough to get your arms around a new nostalgic band that looks to perhaps resurrect a lost genre. Dopegoat are more than grunge aficionados. They take some impressive tangents diving into some progressive and richly textured landscapes. We encourage you to give this one a gander and through some dough their way as a Name Your Price on BandCamp.

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