Dog Faced Gods
2005, Voodoo Nation
Dog Faced Gods, "Stoned Council"
Metalheads looking for straight-forward heavy metal might want to head somewhere else. However, if you're up for a band with a conglomeration of influences as wide as the range of sounds it uses in its music, definately stick around. The foursome known as Dog Faced Gods is made of Native Americans, giving the name of their album ('Stoned Council') new meaning.
Joining stoner rock, hip-hop, alternative rock, and metallic riffs, Dog Faced Gods (not the Swedish band formed by the guys in Ebony Tears, fyi) offer up enough individuality and interesting songs to entertain fans of all those different genres of music. The San Bernardino, California foursome mix up the songs on "Stoned Council" enough to keep me entertained, and I rarely listen to music other than heavy metal.
Where Dog Faced Gods truly shine is in their song structures. The leadoff track on 'Stoned Council,' a tune called "Desperately" displays the variety of sounds that Dog Faced Gods has to offer. The track mixes melodic vocals, a slow classic rock sound with an almost metallic chorus and lead guitar work behind the vocals, eventually resulting in a killer solo along the lines of Southern rockers, Latin players, and stoner rockers like Santana, Fu Manchu, Los Lobos, and the like.
From there, DFG head into stoner rock territory more along the lines of Fu Manchu and Kyuss with "Good Life." Creating a mix of hard rock, slow stoner tempos, and classic rock, "Good Life" is a good example of what DFG bring to the table with 'Stoned Council.'
"Water Pipe Bong" illustrates the stoner component that's thrown into the sound of Dog Faced Gods. "It's not a water pipe / It's a bong / Bong bong bong bong bong" is about the lyrical depth DFG delves into on that track. The musicianship, however, is much like the rest of the album: tight-knit, effective, and even a bit on the catchy side.
Songs like "But Me" and "No One Left [Rap Version]" illustrate the hip-hop element thrown into the DFG sound, while "Brings Me Down" (apparently the band's single) is probably one of the heaviest songs on 'Stoned Council.' DFG cover Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" toward the end of 'Stoned Council' in their own way. The fuzzed out guitars give the song a different tone than the original, and the song continues into "No One Left," an acoustic number to round out the album in mellow fashion.
If there is a downfall to 'Stoned Council,' it's the thin production. While it is not terrible by any means, there's a certain element missing that could make the album seem a lot more focused and tight-knit.
Quite frankly, though, Dog Faced Gods has crafted a cool little stoner rock album with 'Stoned Council.' It has enough variety to keep fans of Clutch, Downset, and even Queens of the Stone Age happy. Mixing loud rock with fuzzed out guitars and a stoner logic, 'Stoned Council' should keep stoner rock fans happy.