Release date: January 25, 2019
Label: Spinefarm Records
Juxtapositions. A skull, serpentine candle holders, a bone, incense, and crystals juxtaposed on a bright pink background. Never judge a book by it’s cover. Going in, I expected doom and sludge; however, Puppy delivers something much more surprising. Make no mistake, The Goat is metal. Many of the riffs on The Goat sound like they could have been pulled from 90s grunge records. The interesting thing about this record isn’t the heaviness but the juxtaposition of the saccharin sweet vocal delivery of vocalist Jock Norton over the crushing instrumentation. This band is similar to Ghost in many ways but one could also argue for similarities to bands as diverse as AFI and Biffy Clyro. All this to say, Puppy delivers catchy heaviness that’s accessible to listeners in the mainstream. This trio may very well blow up in 2019.
Black Hole is intensely fun and upbeat with a dark and sinister (and sometimes occult) undercurrent. Entombed is built around a riff that really sounds like peak Deftones. World Stands Still is anthemic rocker with an ear-worm hook and infectious melodies. Bathe in Blood sounds like The Smashing Pumpkins and Ghost formed a super-group and tried their hand at trash metal. Finally, Demons allows the monsters lurking behind the sunny and shiny delivery rear their ugly heads for one triumphant finale.
Listen to: 1, 6, 7, 8, & 12