Review: Victorian Whore Dogs’ Fetch

Victorian Whore Dogs are 4 dudes from Guildford who have a penchant for dirty grooves and sludge. Their 2nd EP Fetch introduces new vocalist Danny Page into the fold and his strained, high-pitched screaming is a perfect match for the band’s “Iron Monkey on speed” sound.

Chin of Gnoll kicks things into gear with a massive, driving rhythm and enough filth-ridden riffs to fill multiple Charger records. The band do a fantastic job of creating an overbearing and bleak atmosphere through the constant barrage of sludgy metal and raspy, throat-tearing vocals.

The band continue to develop their stark and oppressive atmosphere on the more tense Deep Ones which begins with a clean lead before exploding out the gates with another massive riff. The lead continues to come back throughout the song and creates an almost beautiful yet immensely heavy and dark tone that perfectly sums up the band to a tee.

Finally, the whole thing wraps up with the magnificently tongue-in-cheek Michael Bay’s Transformers are the Best Transformers which also features original vocalist Barnaby Whattingham. The duel vocals add another layer to Victorian Whore Dogs already accomplished sound and hopefully the band will continue to explore this on later releases. Transformers also includes a wonderfully sparse breakdown which sees Page repeat the line “we are the 99” and once again the band manage to pull another surprise out of their bag and add another brilliant atmospheric element to their uncompromising metal.

The only real negatives I can throw at Fetch is that the production is a little flat and doesn’t give the drums any justice. Steve More’s drumming is superb throughout but it’s a shame that it gets relegated to this muddy drudge when it could have had so much more impact. The other issue is a simple matter of length. At 3 songs long Fetch is all over far too soon.

Victorian Whore Dogs have a lot to offer and are one of the most intriguing new metal bands in the UK right now. Fetch is a brilliantly oppressive and down-right nasty EP with plenty of groove and once its’ 3 songs come to an end you’ll be gagging for more. With a little more focus on the production, this EP would have sounded enormous but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the Dogs present us with next before we can fully realise that dream.

8/10

Victorian Whore Dogs’ Fetch is available to download at a pay-what-you-want price from the band’s Bandcamp now.

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About Lewis Clark

Long time fan of rock and metal, webmaster and lead writer at UK Scumscene. Occasional co-host of Catbird's Sunday Roasting on TotalRock.com, 12pm to 3pm every Sunday View all posts by Lewis Clark

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