Iron Tongue
The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown


4.1
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
October 7th, 2013 | 38 replies | 2,885 views


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Southern rock at its most genuine and soulful.

Arkansas-based Iron Tongue hearken back to the days when loud guitar acts didn't steer clear of emotional resonance. Embraced by Neurosis' very own record label, Neurot, the septet comprised of Little Rock's veteran musicians have come up with a stunning Southern rock album that shows deep reverence for tradition, continuously oscillating between the Blue Cheer proto-metal spirit and Cream-esque heavy blues. The most obvious point of reference, though, may be the riff-centered back catalogue of Down since the perpetual heaviness and sombre mood are also central attributes of this collective's aesthetic. To distinguish themselves from NOLA's finest, Iron Tongue try a more jam-like approach to songcraft, which makes their output way more expansive if no less soulful and approachable.

While countless albums of so-called supergroups can be regarded as hurriedly put-together, cheap cash grabs, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown proves that the three long years taken for these seven songs to crystalize on stage haven't been wasted. Sinewy guitar leads, slogging mid-tempo rhythms and Hammond organ provide a formidable backdrop for muscular vocals of Chris Terry whose performance greatly differs from his work with swampy sludge masters, Rwake. Instead of providing menacing raspy howls, Terry opts for a gnarly full-throated delivery which lends the music its emotional intensity. The singer pours his heart and soul into every single song. His previously undiscovered range shines through opener “Ever After,” a bitter break-up tune that sees him skillfully building up tension till the devastating final cry ensues with emotive guitar soloing to match. Although this track is a decent showcase of the act's abilities, it doesn't really represent Iron Tongue's entire musical arsenal. “Witchery” stomps with the pristine doom metal riff laced with the driving rhythm. “Skeleton” begins impetuously only to dissolve into Terry's tortured lament thereby making good use of non-linear dynamics. Elsewhere, the outfit's admirable songwriting prowess propels “Lioness” which has as much in common with Southern rock as with vintage soul, containing high-pitched female vocals that occasionally crop up throughout the album to enrich the listening experience.

At once coarse and vulnerable, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown reeks of searing existential pain. The message is to fight against impending doom instead of giving up. The record's allure lies in the fact that this struggle to overcome personal demons feels entirely genuine complete with inspired arrangements and Terry's bruised vocals. With their introspective style, Iron Tongue are hardly interested in blazing new trails in underground music. However, their debut full-length is imbued with enough confidence, ferocity and soul to make a profound impression on heavy rock fans.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Better late than never.

Moon Unit:

https://soundcloud.com/brooklynvegan/iron-tongue-moon-unit

Lioness:

https://soundcloud.com/rarelyunable/iron-tongue-lioness

Pallbearer Blues:

http://youtu.be/VWU3g9n0-OQ

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



8327 Comments


Sounds delightful, will check ASAP.

Mad.
October 7th 2013



3706 Comments


Awesome review, album sounds great

If didn't get my rec before and you want an amazing, unique southern rock album, you gotta listen to Santeria - Year of the Knife... it's on spotify and I dunno where else but seriously Greg, you'd love it

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Thanks. I'll be sure to check them out.

scissorlocked
October 7th 2013



3509 Comments


nice stuff

those 3 songs are pretty good

Mad.
October 7th 2013



3706 Comments


Ever After is orgasmic

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Ever After is great indeed. I'm glad you dig it, guys.

Also, the best music to drink to.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



16083 Comments


Listened to one song. Definitely would have been a greg4.5 before beign staffed

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Nah. I'd probably round this up to a solid 4, but definitely such music is my thing.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
October 7th 2013



4950 Comments


greg some of the adjectives you chose are kind of odd. like vehement and ravishing. idk heart u bro. also would like to see more of why this in particular is soulful.

InbredJed
October 8th 2013



5790 Comments


"also would like to see more of why this in particular is soulful."

Slide Guitar!


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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Thanks. I've changed these adjectives. It's very soulful in recreating the tradition of the South. CT pours his heart and soul into every song. Plus, slide guitar!

porch
October 8th 2013



8453 Comments


i was able to skilfully deduce that this would be a greg84 review just from seeing the band name on the homepage

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

You're so clever, porch. You deserve a medal.

porch
October 8th 2013



8453 Comments


thanks. not as good as turbowolf or beastwars but it's a solid name

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

“The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.” - Bill Q. Shakespeare

^from their Neurot page

Wizard
October 8th 2013



19343 Comments


I dl'ed this a while back and it bored me to tears. Some stuff on Neurot records is mediocre though besides the obvious. Great review Greg.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Thanks. I think it rules if you're into heavy blues or Southern rock. It's been my favorite drinking album since summer.

DominionMM1
October 26th 2013



9816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

was gonna review this but you beat me to it. oh well yours is better than mine would've been anyway.


was a little disappointed that pallbearers blues isn't on this

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Yeah man. Pallbearer Blues should be on it. It's disappointing that these guys are so obscure.



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