Half Truths & Lies
Just barely a year old, newbies Black Dog Prowl are producing music indicative of a band with far more miles on their career. Their debut album, "Half Truths and Lies," exemplifies this fact as the group packages screaming guitar riffs, alternating lead vocalists, and door-busting drums into a unique and gripping ten tracks. While the album drips with the grunginess that has come to characterize many D.C. bands, perhaps it's strongest point is it's diversity. As "Half Truths" moves from the opening action-packed guitar track "Gallows," (AC/DC comes to mind) into the softer, more apathetic "Step Forth" (think Alice in Chains), then to the fast, hard-hitting "Locked and Loaded," it takes the listener on a rock n' roll journey that only disappoints when you realize it's over. While the band likely has little desire to create "catchy" tunes, some of the songs could use a bit more production, and for fans of this genre that get off listening to the burning guitar licks of Slash and Jimmy Paige the solos leave something to be desired. Still, the release is solid through and through, and is a spectacular debut for a local band with a long career ahead of them. -Dan Miller.