Monday 21 August 2017

Hair Of The Dog - The World Turns (Album Review)

Release date: July 14th 2017. Label: Kozmik Artifactz. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The World Turns – Tracklisting

1.This World Turns 09:37
2.Keeping Watch Over The Night 07:04
3.Ctrl-Alt-Delete 04:03
4.The Colours in Her Skin 05:55
5.In Death's Hands 07:07
6.4AM 07:41

Band Members

Adam Holt - Guitar/Vocals
Jon Holt - Drums
Iain Thomson - Bass


Scottish Psych/Classic Rockers – Hair Of The Dog – return with a more trippier and progressive album with The World Turns. It's without doubt their heaviest work to date and it sees the band play a more doomier sound compared to past releases. Hair Of The Dog still retain their earlier classic rock sound first discovered on their previous two albums.

Opening track – The World Turns – is parts prog rock, classic rock, stoner rock with influences from from Kadavar, Uncle Acid, Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy being felt through the different rhythms of the song. The song may overstay it's welcome by the odd minute or so but Hair Of The Dog create exciting psychedelic riffs with flourishes of 70s prog rock holding everything together.

The opening song sets out the groundwork for the rest of the album to follow and Hair Of The Dog don't really put a foot wrong with outstanding songs such as Keeping Watching Her Over The Night, The Colours In Her Skin, In Death's Hands and 4AM. The vocals from Adam are excellent from the start. As he displays a wide range of emotions and puts in his best vocal performance to date on this album.

The lyrics have quite an epic and classic rock feel. They remind me of Thin Lizzy at times and I mean that as a huge compliment. Hair Of The Dog embrace their classic roots on this album but still showing a real flair and passion for the modern stoner/doom sounds they inject to the overall atmosphere of the album.

The production is excellent and I wouldn't expect anything less from Hair Of The Dog. As their previous albums have always sounded superb. This album has more volume and you can feel it when the albums heaviest moments appear.

The World Turns makes you appreciate bands such as Hair Of The Dog even more. As they're 3 albums into their musical journey and you wonder what they will come up next. Until then, play this fucker HEAVY and LOUD. As you'll be playing this album for days, weeks and months to come!!!

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe