Ferocious Dog – Kleptocracy Review

"Kleptocracy": Art Reflects Society's Shared Sentiments...

Released by: Graphite Records

Genre: Folk/Punk

Links: https://ferocious-dog.co.uk/

 

Line Up:

Ken Bonsall

Jamie Burney

Sam Wood

Kyle Peters

Nick Wragg

Luke Grainger

 

Tracklist:

Witch Hunt
Sus Laws
Kleptocracy
Iron Mike Malloy
Merthyr Rising
A Place We Call Home
Blood Soaked Shores
Darker Side of Town
Matty Groves
Running With the Hounds
Moby Dick
Anger on the Streets
Brixton’s Burning
Protest Singer Blues
Tell God and the Devil
Protest Singer

 

The prevailing sentiments within contemporary society are poignantly reflected in the cover artwork of Kleptocracy. Despite diverse political affiliations, a shared consensus exists regarding the suboptimal state of global affairs, particularly within the context of the United Kingdom. Ferocious Dog, through their artistic endeavors, provide ordinary citizens a platform to articulate what ought to be glaringly evident truths, often marginalized by mainstream media agendas.

Led by Ken Bonsall, the members of Ferocious Dog demonstrate an unwavering commitment to sharing their insights and perspectives on pertinent issues. Their masterful amalgamation of punk rock and folk elements revitalizes compositions, compelling listeners to engage in introspection before embarking on communal expressions of shared sentiments. The band’s music prompts acknowledgment and reflection, infusing listeners with renewed vitality and purpose.

Following a Ferocious Dog performance, attendees depart invigorated, emotionally resonant, and intellectually stimulated. The lyrical substance of the band’s oeuvre leaves an indelible imprint upon their psyche, catalyzing a fervent desire for meaningful action. The seamless integration of studio recordings with live performances ensures a captivating and immersive experience for the devoted fanbase.

Within the compilation of Kleptocracy, moments of tranquil contemplation emerge, as musical arrangements recede to foreground the acoustic guitar and Ken Bonsall‘s evocative vocals. Noteworthy among these compositions is ‘A Place We Call Home’, exuding sophistication and emotional depth, evoking poignant responses from audiences. Ferocious Dog‘s ability to elicit profound emotional reactions underscores their artistic maturity and evolution over time.

Jamie Burney‘s inaugural contribution on violin in this album, succeeding Dan Booth, who elected to step back from the band for personal reasons, is seamless and impressive. Burney‘s integration into the ensemble is facilitated by Booth‘s involvement in identifying and nurturing his successor. Such a transition speaks volumes about the band’s professionalism and commitment to musical excellence.

 

Score 9/10 

Reviewed by Adrian Hextall

 

 

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