The Winery Dogs
The Winery Dogs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Antonius USER (25 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2013 | 25 replies | 6,222 views


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How does a Winery Dog differ from a regular Dog?

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

A 'Dog' according to the BCG Matrix, is the unit with a low market share in a mature/slow glowing industry. Indeed, the newly-formed super-group from New York has all the right reasons to believe that they are still unknown to people, in an area of the music industry with so many bands around, that distinction in these days becomes a Herculean task.

The Winery Dogs are listed as another band/project that drum mastermind Mike Portnoy puts into his portfolio since leaving the 'theater of dreams' a couple of years ago. Along with the duo of Richie Kotzen (guitars/lead vocals) and Billy Sheehan (bass/backing vocals) -both previously collaborating on the band Mr. Big- they have formed a powerful trio dedicated to deliver classic rock tunes. If you have followed Portonoy's music paths after Dream Theater you will observe that not everything he has done was universally accepted by the audiences: Adrenaline Mob had a heavy metal approach, Translantic and Liquid Tension Experiment had a progressive style, while the more recent Flying Colors project was inclined towards a more radio-friendly alternative rock sound.

All who are familiar with Kotzen's guitar playing know what this guy is capable of. What it has emerged though through this record are his vocal abilities: a mixture of Glenn Hughes's nuance and Chris Cornell's depth, capable of making you wonder whether this guy was always a singer or not. The album is divided into three types of songs: the powerful rockers, the groovy ones and ballads. There are of course songs which combine a mixture of the two (or three) and that's a pleasant thing to hear. Diversity makes an album interesting, enjoyable and worth listening. Songs such as the energetic ''Elevate'', the emphatic ''Six Feet Deeper'', the enthusiastic ''Other Side'' and the formidable ''Desire'' show the adventurous side of the trio. This pre-released track (''Desire'') could also fit in another type as it's splendid basslines are mixed with a catchy chorus and some guitar squeals to make you wonder whether this is the album's top track or not.

On the other hand, songs like ''One More Time'' and ''We Are One" show a different image of the band: the former has a more funky attitude whereas the latter has a catchy tone and some positive lyrics, characteristics which are undermined to some extent by the lengthy solo towards the end. Fortunately this does not happen regularly throughout the album, but when it does it leaves you with no question as to the technical abilities of these guys. However, there are moments in this album such as the Audioslave-like ''Damaged'' in which the trio has tried to play as simple as it gets and the outcome is simply sensational. If you were not convinced then "You Saved Me" will surely do it. From the neat basslines of Sheehan and the tranquil hi-hat touches of Portnoy, Kotzen will take this song by the hand and make it one of the most captivating moments of this one-hour work. If nothing of the above excites you, there is still the chance through ''Criminal'' and "Not Hopeless" to give some positive comments about this record and consider giving it another spin.

Clearly, 'The Winery Dogs' do what they promised to do: that is to reignite the classic rock spirit. They might have gone a bit further and become hard rockers in some moments but they have not gone too progressive or too soft. They have kept songs at a duration of an average of four minutes, they have avoided circus-like complex patterns with their instruments and songs were spread out in a way to keep you constantly interested. Whether they have achieved to draw attention and distinguish 'The Winery Dog' from the typical 'Dog', record sales and concert halls will show. We will have to wait and see.



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KILL
July 23rd 2013



70599 Comments


sounds lame will check

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Antonius
July 23rd 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No not lame. Maybe will not be interesting for you. But its not lame

SitarHero
July 23rd 2013



4603 Comments


Haha. Kotzen is a good singer, but Glenn Hughes' nuance + Chris Cornell's depth is a a little excessive. Good review. :]

PsychicChris
July 24th 2013



207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Forgot this came out already. Gonna have to grab it sometime this week.

Antonius
July 24th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this would be more anticipated than it actually is Chris

stagemaster
July 25th 2013



9 Comments


great review mate pos.. but i think this is a bit too soft, especially for portnoy fans ((

Antonius
July 25th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bro. Its something different from his usual stuff

manosg
July 25th 2013



5720 Comments


I've listened a single out of this album and it was OK. I will check the full album in due time. I think that Portnoy needs to settle down to one group some time and do what he does best though.

Review is great as always, pos.

Antonius
July 26th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man! I think you'll find it interesting. In my opinion I think its better for him and us (as audience) to continue making this kind of projects instead of settling down to a band. You enjoy him more

OmairSh
August 6th 2013



10039 Comments


Wtf approval percentage

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Antonius
August 7th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how was the album omair?


OmairSh
August 7th 2013



10039 Comments


Not interested in teh album, might check in a year or 2. MP projects are boring

manosg
August 16th 2013



5720 Comments


I managed to listen to this one and it's not bad. It's actually really good, around a 3.5 I think. My
only concern is how well will it stand the test of time.

Antonius
August 17th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you liked it Manos. I believe Portnoy's projects are not about standing the test of time but rather to entertain his existing followers or attract new ones

manosg
August 17th 2013



5720 Comments


Good music does stand the test of time though. Nevertheless, I agree that Portnoy's objectives might
be closer to what you believe.

melomaniac
August 21st 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. Thank you for reviewing it.

Damaged also made me think of Audioslave. Richie Kotzen's voice is so similar to Chris Cornell at times..

Antonius
August 26th 2013



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed, Kotzen's voice is great and its a nice album

Mabbitt
October 19th 2013



1325 Comments


Was expecting another Adrenaline Mob style wreck. This was pretty good

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Kalopsia
January 15th 2014



926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't stop listening to this, really really awesome album

We Are One is my fav track so far

Antonius
January 16th 2014



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome track



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