by Robert Bell
It's been in the works for a few months now, but Iron Tongue's debut full-length is out this week on the esteemed Neurot Records label, and it was so completely worth the wait. "The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown" perfectly captures the seven-piece band's amp-destroying blues/soulful classic rock hybrid.
The album was recorded by Billy Anderson, who is, bar none, one of the best metal producers working. Just for full disclosure: I wrote some press materials for the band, but not for any money or other consideration — only because I think the album is start-to-finish killer. It's crushingly heavy, but with real-deal emotional turmoil at its core — a combination that's tough to get right. And on this record, Iron Tongue absolutely nails it.