Unleash the Truth
Style: Doom Metal
Release date: 1 September, 2011
Playing time: 70:00

I've been a big fan of Sabbath since I was a teenager. The vinyl copy of 'Master of Reality' with embossed sleeve my uncle handed over to my parents some time during the seventies is now not only one of the gems of my collection, buy one of those albums that shaped my taste in music.

I'm not unique in that sense: many, many people across the world are huge Black Sabbath fans. Up in Gothenburg in Sweden there's a bunch of fellows in a band called Doomdogs who, by the sound of it, were born and bred on Sabbath. What they do comes so close to being Sabbath that it's almost too much. Yes, there is perhaps a touch of stoner rock in their music as the promo notes wants to convince me, but, really, this is more like a Sabbath cover band.

There's good energy in many of the songs, but there's also long stretches where I'm quite frankly bored - Magic of the Black Circle and Mind Slayer being two good examples (apart from the fine break half-way throught the latter).

Songs like Slight Case of Madness and All Lies cross the fine line of being rip-offs, and it's generally a hard balance for Doomdogs to strike.

My main issue with 'Unleash the Truth' is Tomas Eriksson's vocal performance. It's a matter of taste, yes, I know, but I don't like it. Still, I have a feeling that even without this factor, the 70 minutes of Doomdogs would be too much of a good thing. I have a hard time getting through the entire thing in one go!

And as for the cover of A National's thought-provoking that Metallica does a way cooler cover of a Sabbath song than a doom band!

Visit the band's myspace and judge for your self!


01. Eye for an Eye (04:41)
02. Save Me (06:39)
03. The AnnieChrist (05:23)
04. Legacy (04:10)
05. Welcome to the Future (06:01)
06. Magic of the Black Circle (03:29)
07. Slight Case of Madness (05:24)
08. All Lies (05:48)
09. Mind Slayer (05:43)
10. Two-Wheel Wonder (03:40)
11. Questions to My Answers (06:20)
12. Metal Mayhem (04:30)
13. A National Acrobat (8:30

Label: Doomentia Records
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Artwork rating: 55/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 26 October, 2011