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Slaughter and the Dogs

Vicious

Review by Gary Hill

Punk rock and roots rock seem to meet here. This occupies a lot of the same territory as music by the band DOA. I dig this, but not as much as I like that other band. This album also leans toward heavy metal at times.


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Track by Track Review
Trust (All I Want from You)

Barebones rock and roll is mixed with punk on this opening tune.

Hollywood Whores
There is more punk built into this. It makes me think of the Ramones a bit really.
Get It On (Bang a Gong)
Here we get a punk rock take on the T-Rex classic. I like this quite a bit.
Someday
This punk based rocker doesn't work as well for me. It has some charms, but seems to miss the mark a bit.
Stranded
This is better. It's a hard rocking roots kind of piece with some punk in the mix.
Maybe If We Followed the Devil
Starting balladic, I really like this rocker. It's more of a melodic, mainstream rocker than some of the others. It's also packed with "cool."
Ultimatum
This one is more of a pure punk rocker. It's solid, but no frills.
Rise & Fall of Babylon
Although this is a very punk rock based tune, it leans toward metal in the later movement.
You Got Class
Very much in line with the kind of thing DOA does, this is punk rock with raw rock and roll at its heart.
Trash Talking Queen
Punk and metal seem to merge here. It's a strong tune.
What a Day
To me there is a healthy helping of Motorhead on the mix of this cut. The vocals are more in line with something from the 80s, though.
Situations
Another hard rocking punk based tune, this is solid, but not a real standout.
 
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