Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should By Adrenechrome’s Chris Friesen

Guest Column

You folks seemed to enjoy our last series of guest columns on five life-changing albums so much, we decided to reach out to our various friends in the metal world, asking that they write columns on a new topic.

That topic? Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, with a brief description of what makes each band worthy of your attention. Today, we continue with this ongoing series with an entry written by Adrenechrome’s Chris Friesen.

Dixie Dregs
Southern fried fusion featuring guitarist Steve Morse. Head turning displays of musical virtuosity in the jazz country idiom. Known for nearly flawless live performances and extended improvisations they are a band to see live. California Screamin’, a live disc and personal favorite, sees the band tearing through a few cover’s [Allman Bros., Frank Zappa] and doing band classics such as “The Bash.” It’s here that country and jazz mud wrestle and come out pregnant with something special.

Dog Fashion Disco
Very hard to categorize. Think Mr. Bungle and you get a good idea. Frontman Todd Smith goes from a crystaline falsetto to a fierce roar in the span of four bars and the band can lay down a myriad of styles all in one song. Yet they always manage to wrap it into a very well written song and even delve into concept territory with Adultery, their final disc as a band. This album tells the story of a family man slowly falling prey to insanity and murder, and contains some of my favorite tracks by the band. Looking for a million dollar chorus in a murder song? Check out “The Hitchhiker.”

Beck, Bogert and Appice
Good old fashioned kick ass rock and roll, with some of the best musicians on the planet. Jeff Beck is tasteful and at the top of his game, and Carmine Appice consistently makes my head spin on track’s like “Lady” and “Lose Myself With You.” Before discovering this band, the talents of Beck [Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group] and Appice [Vanilla Fudge, Cactus] we’re apparent, but the hidden gem to me, was Tim Bogert’s stellar bass playing and voice, which can be rockin and sickly sweet all in the same. All in all a superb slab of undiscovered classic rock.

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