Album Review: Puppy - The Goat ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

"Riffs of Sabbath and Metallica - but with a puppy-like bark."

Watch 'Black Hole':

Puppy are undeniably ones to watch in the alternative rock genre.

The London-based three-piece have the riffs of Sabbath and Metallica - but with a puppy-like bark (pun intended).

After playing 'Black Hole' on repeat since it appeared on an Apple Music playlist, we couldn't wait to hear what their debut studio album 'The Goat' has to offer - and it doesn't disappoint.

Epic drumming and chugging guitars are aplenty.

If you took away the vocals of singer Jock Norton, you could easily pigeonhole this band into the heavy metal genre, but the frontman's voice has an ethereal and upbeat quality to it, which somehow seamlessly solders together with the harsher aspects of their sound.

That's what makes Puppy - completed by drummer Billy Howard and bassist Will Michael - stand out from the crowd.

The track 'Nightwalker' features a beasty guitar solo you'd expect from Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates.

'I Feel An Evil' sees Will take over the microphone and you have to listen really closely to notice any difference in the singing style. It's one of the heaviest tracks on the album. It's fast-paced and just two minutes long compared to most of the tracks which are around the four minute mark.

The album was produced by Boston Manor producer Neil Kennedy and Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost), a marriage that has worked wonders with flawless production on all 12 tracks.

2019 sure looks to be the year that people take notice of Puppy and we are excited to see where their experimental sound takes them next.

'The Goat' is released on Spinefarm Records on January 25th.

For Fans Of: Smashing Pumpkins, Avenged Sevenfold

Rating: 8/10