A tour footage style DVD
Now this is what I have been waiting for. After years of Listening to this band on CD and saying that they MUST be seen to be appreciated, Michael Hannon and his cohorts have put out their first DVD called ALL OVER THE ROAD VOLOUME ONE. It is the perfect venue for the bands in your face hard rockin southern metal. The bands music seems to go over better in the live setting as witnessed by the intensity and spirit shown on their 1996 live release FOAMIN AT THE MOUTH LIVE. To make this an even more interesting disc the fictional Englishman Sir Loin of Beef introduces mostly every song and shares his hilarious musings about the American Dog boys. This coupled with interviews and snippets of the band members themselves makes this a very interesting disc.
“Shit Kicker” and “Barely Half Alive” kick off the disc with the latter footage being shot in France before a rabid crowd. The live setting is American Dogs element for sure. “Be a Man” is notable for its introduction by Michael Hannon. The footage was recorded at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio, the club where Dimebag Darrell was gunned down. Hannon talks about the incident and also about how great a club it is and that it shouldn’t be judged on one incident. One of the highlights of the disc is the video for “Working Man”. Recorded in grainy black and white film with footage of old construction sites and buildings it really captures the working class background of the band. Another of the funnier moments on the disc is the video for “Sometime You Eat the Pussy”. In this video the band is hunted by a little person in a cat suit and end up as heads on serving platters. The funniest part is the bands recollection of the filming of the video and how drunk their feline costar was. Priceless.
Like I said earlier in this review, American Dog must be seen live to be appreciated. The live footage in this release is very good but the band also mixes it up with some videos and some tracks that are of bootleg quality. The hilarious Sir Loin of Beef makes me wonder what Michael Hannon has going on in that head. He is a true entertainer and knew just what was needed to spice up this release. ALL OVER THE ROAD VOLUME ONE is a great release whether you are an American Dog fan already or someone just looking for some good old fashioned southern beer drinking fist pumping metal.
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