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American Dog
November 2007
Released: 2007, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

There should be a big sticker on the front of this CD saying something like “Caution: Listening to this CD while driving may cause excessive speeding and loss of license”. American Dog crank out the kinds of tunes that make the listener put the pedal to the metal, bang their head uncontrollably and spill their beer in their lap. It’s just that infectious. Their bluesy southern fried metal is on the lighter end of the spectrum but has just enough kick to keep even the most diehard metalhead interested.

HARD is studio disc number six for American Dog and its another serving of the bands signature ass kicking beer drinking, blues influenced southern metal. The Instrumental “Bock” kicks off the disc and is quickly followed by the aptly titled “No Pity”. This song is a take no prisoners romp that sets the parameters for the whole CD early on. “Rock n Roll” is easily one of the most infectious songs on HARD and with one of the best solos on the CD thanks to guitarist Steve Theado. One of the more interesting and surprising tracks on HARD is the closer “Magnificent Bastard”. Along with the inclusion of keyboards, the song doesn’t quite follow the bands balls out bluesy template instead chugging along in a more muted style that actually makes the rest of the CD seem that mush heavier and aggressive.

Michael Hannon and company have once again unleashed some serious hard rockin tunes on the metal world. Their conviction cannot be questioned and neither can their love for the mighty alcohol which again is lyrically imprinted all over this disc. What is there left to say about American Dog that has not been said before. They break no new ground on this disc instead concentrating on delivering another ass kicking collection of hard rockin anthems.
Track Listing

1. Bock
2. No Pity
3. Sometimes You Eat the Pussy...
4. Another Day in Paradise
5. Hypnotized
6. Long Time Comin'
7. Beaten, Broken, Etc.
8. Rock-N-Roll Dog
9. Spell On Me
10. Little Short
11. Bloodsucker
12. Magnificent Bastard


Michael Hannon: vocals and bass
Steve Theado: guitar and vocals
Keith Pickens: drums

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