Dogleg - Melee
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #79 / 272
User Score
Based on 341 ratings
2020 Ratings: #46
Liked by 12 people
March 13, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Triple Crown / Label
Post-Hardcore, Emo / Genres
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The thrilling debut from the Detroit rock band burns hot and bright. It’s a record that’s as melodic as it is physical, where pent-up aggression turns into physical liberation.

Melee is loaded front to back with depressive episodes manifested in the mosh pit.


Melee is a worthy debut for a very promising band.

No Ripcord

Melee, Dogleg's cathartic debut full-length, sounds like a celebration and a lamentation.

The powerful and rugged Melee shines mainly because of the passion it exudes, and I can tell you that we come out of it both amused and grown by this sound experience.

There is necessarily a fashion effect that gives more or less visibility, but every year you will find very good emo-screamo albums that follow one another and show that they are not about to disappear. Some time ago I didn't really understand this phenomenon, but when you think about it, given that it's a very emotional style ... read more
My absolute sweet-spot. Can't believe we've gotten multiple great emo albums this year what is going on?? It's definitely nothing boundary-pushing for the genre but my personal enjoyment of this album is very high.
Fuck it.

This album deserves a full review. What Dogleg, a small, breakout emo band have managed to do here is astonishing. In the matter of a couple of weeks, this has become one of my favorite albums of all time, and a massive outlet for the rage and stress that I've pent up from this whole pandemic situation. Last year I handed over my AotY to black midi's Schlagenheim, a record that was just guitars and drums, with some of the best instrumentation I had ever heard, combined with ... read more
Space Vacation
This album is incredible.
For as much as I loved Brave Faces Everyone, Melee is even more perfect for me and checks off every box I'm currently looking for.
It's perhaps not the most original album as it does have a lot of stereotypes of heavier midwestern emo music but I wouldn't say that in a bad way or that Dogleg don't stand out on their own while taking influence from a genre that clearly means a lot to them (and myself, too)
I know already and knew from my first listen that this album ... read more

The debut record that comes 5 years after the band’s inception, Dogleg’s “Melee” is energetic to the core in its instrumentation, and its sad lyrics juxtapose the overall vibe very well. Although I won’t be returning to this entire record, the clear majority of it has a lot to express.

Color: Yellow
FAV TRACKS: all except least fav!
LEAST FAV: Prom Hell, Ender
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Track List

  1. Kawasaki Backflip
  2. Bueno
  3. Prom Hell
  4. Fox
  5. Headfirst
  6. Hotlines
  7. Wartortle
  8. Wrist
  9. Cannonball
  10. Ender
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Added on: March 12, 2020