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Leash Law
Dogface
July 2004
Released: 2004, Black Lotus Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

I’ve been following Wade Black’s musical career from his appearance on the international metal scene with Crimson Glory in 1999. After leaving Crimson Glory he found his way to Seven Witches for one album (XILED TO INFINITY AND ONE) and then left and I next heard him on the unique EP from Tiwanaku. Wade was joined by Nocturnas bassist Emo Mowery for last year’s Tiwanaku release. If you were lucky enough to check out that, then it does not prepare you for the new band that both musicians are now also a part of – Leash Law.



Leash Law is much more grounded in traditional heavy metal with some moments of aggressive power metal and thrash. One “selling point” listed with the band bio mentions that Leash Law provides a first-rate fusion of the aggression of US metal with the (typically) more melodic European metal. I’d say that is an accurate depiction of what you get on DOGFACE. Wade’s vocals carry the album in fine form with his Ripper/Halford vocal style. Emo does some deathly backing vocals here and there, but this is not a dueling vocal band like Tiwanaku. Besides the impressive performance of Wade, the other element of Leash Law that I really enjoyed was the lead playing of Rick Renstrom. Rick is not yet a household name to all metal fans, but his name could very well become one of those “new” names that will make its way into the collective consciousness of the metal kingdom. By now, most will recognize drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, BURNING INSIDE) and if not you soon will since he’s just been named the official replacement for ‘Stuttering John’ on "The Howard Stern" radio show. Hopefully the radio gig doesn’t take him away from Leash Law as it already has for Iced Earth!



The CD opening track, “Fight”, starts out like a heavier HammerFall before moving into a power/thrash riff pattern. The song is upbeat but didn’t grab me as much as “Hail to Blood”. This one has an interesting intro and some regal orchestrations later in the song that bring to mind Conan and Gladiator. This is my favorite song on here and features some vocal parts with both Emo and Wade trading off. “Dogface” is another one that was easy to like even though it is not typical with it’s darker sounds. A slightly different song that caught my ear, especially with its chorus, was “Stealing Grace”. The doubled vocals on the chorus adds to the song’s impact. The track “Banion” is sung like a power ballad but the backing riffing is too heavy for it to be called a ‘80’s power ballad’. The keys and clean guitars tone down the edges a little. Some will call this sappy or cheesy, mainly for the lyrics I’d guess…but it’s still ok for a ballad-style song and it has a shredding solo.



While the music on here doesn’t really enter into un-trodden territory, it does stride with an aggressive approach that is missing in some “power” metal bands. Fans of Wade’s work on Crimson Glory’s ASTRONOMICA and of Iced Earth would do well to check out Leash Law. This is one of the better aggressive power metal albums to come out this year...so don’t miss it!
Track Listing

1. Fight
2. Dogface
3. Stealing Grace
4. Hail to Blood
5. Banyan
6. (Better When) Betrayed
7. Martial Law
8. Hellhole
9. Paving the Way

Lineup

Wade Black – vocals
Rick Renstrom – guitar
Emo Mowery – guitar
Stephen Eldar – bass
Richard Christy – drums

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Leash Law
Dogface
August 2004
Released: 2004, Black Lotus
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Interesting release by an interesting new band. Leash Law (dumb name and all) are a super-group with everyone on board having some degree of metal experience and or credibility. There is quite a lot of history behind the members in this act.



This sounds very much like Priest’s Jugulator. Before you get upset, by that I mean, it is a nice mix of European metal styles and American metal styles. Wade black can sound a lot like Ripper showing again he is a killer vocalist and just needs that band to bring him into the elite class of singers. Range, power he has it all. The solos on this disc are killer, very traditional solos with lots of shred which is a contrast to the chugging slower riffs, an odd mix but not unfavorable. The songs are mostly mid-tempo but there are a few faster ones, but never truly takes off for the sky. We know Richard Christy can play faster than this.



I’m being a bit generous with my grade perhaps because although there is nothing truly exceptional about this act, the songs are good and the mix of styles is really something I haven’t heard much before. It took me a bit to get used to it…imagine an early 90’s guitar tone, heavy and loud in the mid-range like Pantera, chugging riffs with euro-speed metal solos and the Ripper on vocals. An odd blend to be sure but that is part of the appeal.



It’s quite odd to see a band like this on the Black Lotus label as they generally stick to death metal and black metal. I think maybe the production budget could have been a bit bigger because the guitar tone was not pleasant. The solos were clear enough but the rest of it had a mildly annoying buzz to it. The mix seemed a bit flat as well. It need more kick. The packaging is OK but I didn’t like the cover very much or the title, come to think of it. If those are the worst complaints you could do worse to pick up this new band.
Track Listing

1. Fight
2. Dogface
3. Stealing Grace
4. Hail to Blood
5. Banion
6. Better When Betrayed
7. Martial Law
8. Hellhole
Paving The Way

Lineup

Wade Black-vocals
Rick Renstrom-guitar
Emo Mowery-guitar
Stephen Elder-bass
Richard Christy-drums

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by EvilG

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