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King’s X – Dogman (1994)

In your face. That sums it up. Dogman – King’s X fifth album since 1988 – is a milestone for King’s X, leaving the more esoteric rock genre behind for a more groove oriented approach. And it pays off. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, this album is heavy with a capital H (title track Dogman, Black the Sky, Don’t Care). Sensitive with a gracious s (Flies and Blue Skies).
On Black the Sky and Pillow a proverbial guitar Wall of Sound is perfectly balanced. Yes, it´s heavy but in a tingling kind of way.
Ty tabor’s guitar playing is special as ever, Doug Pinnick’s bass is low as never before. On this record he seems to have misplaced his 8-string bass (four resonating ones). Oh no, I stand corrected, I think I hear it on Fool You. Gaskill’s drums sound great with a slightly gated snare. Although Jerry Gaskill is not the best drummer of the world, he is like Ringo to The Beatles.
What is consistent in the sound of King’s X throughout their career is the vocals and the vocal harmonies. It is a special thing, unique to King´s X: heavy rock but with Beatlesque vocals. One thing though, Ty Tabor doesn’t do lead vocals in this record, but leaves all to Pinnick who has a more raw and black gospel style. Apparently to give the King’s X sound more consistency because two lead singers could confuse the audience too much. Duh. On later albums Tabor returns as co-lead singer again.