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Heros Severum
Plague Dogs
Clermont Records
www.herosseverum.com


Plague Dogs is the sophomore album from the Athens, Georgia trio Heros Severum. I'd have to say that listening to this album is a full-on onslaught to the senses, and that may not be a good thing. Heros Severum has managed to create an unholy amalgamation of funk and prog rock not unlike throwing the raw styles of Skankin Pickle with the funkalicious tunes of Sly and the Family Stone and the B-52's. This album is the polar opposite of refined and smooth. Band members Mandy Branch and Eric Friar attack the vocals with ferocity and a raw emotion which some have compared to the likes of the B-52's, and their talk-singing style, while Davey Staton works the drums like a red-headed step child.

Ok, so this band has definitely shown that they can rock, but I think they are still a bit rough around the edges. For instance, in my opinion, their lyrics could use some serious work. They tend to do what many non-creative lyricists end up doing and that is putting in repeating lyrics for each song. There are entire songs which repeat the same lyrics to the point of making me want to stab out my eardrums. I'm sorry, but in my little isolated world that is not revolutionary or new, it's just irritating.

So the lyrics aren't great, does that mean you shouldn't check out this album? Hell, no! If you are into prog rock or even funk, this band is like musical heroin. The opening track "Let's Go Swimming" has great hooks and some great guitar work with Eric pounding out some convincing lead vocals and Mandy smoothing out the roughness with her crystalline backup vocals. "I Can" is another song that you'll be singing to yourself for several hours afterwards. Mandy shows her talent at belting out lyrics to this driving upbeat tune. Other tracks you should definitely check out are "And Introducing…", "Dear Fearless Leader", and "Sick Dog".

Heros Severum will not disappoint, so give 'em a shot and check out their latest album!

-Liger Woods

Track Listing:
1. Let's Go Swimming
2. Party Next Door
3. I Can
4. And Introducing…
5. Dear Fearless Leader
6. A Sick Dog
7. 3KH2
8. Tugawar
9. A Nice Haircut
10. The Great Auk


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