CD Review – Dog Day Sunrise – When the Sky Comes Down

There are many unsigned bands deserving of recognition. I was introduced to one recently. Dog Day Sunrise hails from the great state of Pennsylvania. When The Sky Comes Down will be released on February 9, 2018. This album is worth more than a precursory listen. Produced by John Custer, well known for his work with Corrosion of Conformity, the overall sound is superb.

The opening track, “Leviathan” grabs the listener with its intensity and catchy chorus. In fact, after two spins, I could not get it out of my head. The musicianship of band members, Anthony Manning (guitar), Bill Cox (bass), and Joe Bishop (percussion) are complimented by a very unique vocalist, Matt Zurat (vocals, guitar). It should be noted that John Custer contributed on the keyboards.

“Goodnight America” is an angry diatribe lamenting the loss of the country we once knew. Lyrically, Dog Day Sunrise has tapped into the sentiment expressed by many Americans at this juncture in history. The dual guitar attack is blistering and brutal. The honesty conveyed on this particular track is symbolic and resolute.

“Telling the Wolves” is a notable track for its beautiful acoustic intro. Matt Zurat shines vocally. The song appears hauntingly biographical. Its depth and musical texture combined with a soulful voice are a recipe for success.

When The Sky Comes Down should, by all rights, elevate Dog Day Sunrise to the next level professionally. Although, it is still early in the new year, this release will stand the test of time and easily be remembered for years to come. If you enjoy hard rock/metal with melodic overtures then Dog Day Sunrise will not disappoint.

Highly Recommended 8/10

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