LASSIE THE CAT - Pussycat Dogs
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Self financed
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Lassie The Cat
Lassie The Cat has got to be the worst name for a band I've heard so far and with a demo named Pussycat Dogs I was sure that the Latvian five-piece was a glam rock band with a use of hairspray that would exceed that of Amy Winehouse. Luckily I was wrong and the music is not even close to what I expected it would be.
The Latvian five-piece plays modern death metal in the vein of The Faceless, Veil Of Maya and Necrophagist among others. Obviously the music is not that different from so much else in the genre, but Lassie The Cat do provide the music with some personality.
The song-writing is competent. The music is mostly fast, but also diverse. There are some slam parts and the guitars overall are fat and juicy. There are many allusions to Necrophagist, but these work more as an asset than the opposite. The band use a bit of keyboard on "Vardans", "Follow the Ground" and "Thin Rounds". That works well and adds some extra feel to the songs.
The vocals are varied and in particular the low end growls fit the music well and give the songs with some additional nerve. The five-piece also throw in a solo or two. Again, I like this as it help vary the music more. The songs are full of good riffs and the fat guitar tone does profit the music a lot.
The production is good. The band has got a thick and chunky production and it does make a difference. Pussycat Dogs prove that you can't always judge a book by its cover. If you ignore the eccentric band name and just look at the music alone then the five-piece actually have something interesting going on.