• Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Winery Dogs – “Oblivion” Marks First Song Released from Forthcoming New Album!

"Oblivion" is the Winery Dogs' first song from the forthcoming Hot Streak record.
“Oblivion” is the Winery Dogs’ first song from the forthcoming Hot Streak record.



In 2013 the Winery Dogs released their first album. It was an immediate smash success with fans all around the world, uniting vocalist/guitarist Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), bassist Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big), and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob). Of course, those very same fans had been wondering when they would get a new release from the band; the news had been quiet for quite some time aside from a deluxe reissue of the first album.

Recently it was announced that we would be seeing the next album from the group before the end of 2015! With the near universal acclaim of the band’s first album and live shows, this definitely came as good news for the fans. When Hot Streak hits stores in October, plenty of fans will be going to snatch it up. In the meantime, the band has released a single online entitled “Oblivion.”

I will admit, and this is apparently heresy – I did not enjoy the band’s first album the way that the majority of people did. To me it felt too derivative of modern rock sounds, with much of it feeling like a lost Audioslave album rather than something truly enjoyable and original (Kotzen’s Chris Cornell-esque singing voice not helping any in that comparison). “Elevate,” arguably the “hit” of the album, sounded like a Foo Fighters rip-off. The music itself was not bad, but felt unoriginal, especially given what all of these men have achieved in their respective past bands. That said, the album was not a total loss to me, and there were still hints of potential musical greatness and chemistry to be had.

Okay, if you have not quit reading this review in disgust after reading the previous paragraph, you are likely curious as to how the band’s newly released track from their forthcoming album measures up. I have made it fairly clear as to my feelings on the band’s debut, but despite this, have been optimistic for new recordings from the group.

My optimism for the forthcoming new album has skyrocketed with the release of “Oblivion.” One of the biggest problems with the so-called supergroups of classic musicians is that they form new groups with modern-ish sounds that come off as horribly unoriginal despite the abilities and past accomplishments of their members. Conversely, you have the bands at the other end of the spectrum who seem content with putting out the same album over and over, never changing things or trying to stir the pot to keep things interesting.

On this new cut, the Winery Dogs have found that perfect balance, and have definitely come to realize what they are capable of as a formidable rock trio. While the song does maintain much of the modern edge of the band’s earlier recordings, here you can hear these guys branching out and doing their own thing their own way. The guitar is blistering right from the get-go; Kotzen is a phenomenal player that continues to rank amongst the most underrated of all time. And Portnoy continues to be an absolute beast of a drummer in more ways than one, making his work known throughout the four-minute duration of this new cut. It is their most powerful song to date, and may be the one that wins me over with them as a trio.

I was a bit put off by the initial release from the Winery Dogs, but Hot Streak is looking to be a damn good release if “Oblivion” speaks for the rest of the record. I will definitely be picking the new album up when it comes out, but in the meantime, give “Oblivion” a listen!




By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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