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Growing Apart

The name Pedigree is immediately associated with dog biscuits. Luckily the album 'Growing Apart' doesn't sound like the soundtrack for the new Pedigree commercial. The first impression of the album isn't bad at all. Musicwise, the sound of Pedigree is hard to grasp because of the broad array of influences this album has to offer. That's why the label different metal comes closest to their sound. Every track contains distinctive desert/stonerrock-like, slightly distorted guitar riffs. The vocal influences range from hiphop/nu-metal, to clean voice and brutal hardcore grunts. One disadvantage of all this variety is that the band hasn't really developed a recognisable own sound. Although the guitars sound very distinctive, every track on this album has a totally different mood and sphere.

The listener could have a hard time understanding the big picture of the album. The track 'Deathmask' contains a really strong stonerrock guitar riff, where cinematic piano parts set a perfect mood. Suddenly the song changes into more straightforward nu-metal riffs and hardcore vocals. In my mind, the spheric songs are Pedigree's strongest trumps. For example the song 'Moments' has a beautiful spheric opening, where vocals, guitar, bass and drums seamlessly fit together. Personally I think this is one of the best songs of the album. The song 'Tower and Well' contains a catchy drum rhythm, with guitar harmonics variations, samples and powerful stonerrock guitar riffs. Summarizing a pretty good album, but still the band can develop towards a more distinctive sound. Also a more innovative sound could make them more discerning in this genre.

Rating: 70/100

Author: Marcus
Zine: Lords of Metal

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