ION INDIE MAGAZINE September 2014, Volume 4 - Page 34

EVOLUTION CD Review by Kat Zee Track List: 01 Snakes 02 Oxygen Mask 03 Consumed 04 Best Revenge 05 Over and Over Band: Jessica Sierra--vocals Adam Savage--guitar Michael Ariza--bass Mike "Hoagie" Hogan--drums MONGREL is a female-fronted Mondern Metal/Aggressive Rock band with Punk influences from Southern NH/Northeastern MA. Formed in 2003, they have released their debut album consiting of 5 tracks. Their opening offering “Snakes” has strong riffs with an awesomely bold female vocal that reminds me a little of GODSMACK. The raucous riffs and exquisitely executed rhythmic section, made me fall in love with this band from the first sounds! The song evolves into a more Punk mood at its conclusion. My personal favorite song on this album is the catchy “Oxygen Mask” with edgier-sounding guitars and wonderful lower vocals, giving way to a key change buoyed with POWER. I felt the influences of SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, and echoes of Grunge. Vocalist JESSICE SIERRA has a unique quality to her vocals that resound—reminiscent of JOAN JETT, GWEN STEFANI (NO DOUBT), BONNIE TYLER,