AMERICAN DOG - POISON SMILE
BAD REPUTATION RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
like to raise my bucket of beer up high to the new album from American Dog, the
one and only boozehounds those who deliver a wild and free, hotter than the most
scorching flames of hell type of Heavy Rock and Roll music. After 5 full albums,
3 live efforts, DVD and the EP “Six Pack” (featuring nothing but songs about
their favourite activity – boozing!), they’re finally back with the follow
up to “Mean”, released in 2000.
right, the first time I heard American Dog I was hooked on their sound and
attitude right away. Back then, singer Michael Hannon (ex-Salty Dog / Dangerous
Toys), Steve Theado (guitars) and drummer Keith Pickens showed how the rock real
hard – similar bands were, among other: early Rose Tattoo, AC / DC, The Godz
and Ted Nugent. Throughout many years of existence, American Dog always remained
the same band, actually the right spirit to me. Along with the new album
“Poison Smile” comes a new drummer named Michael Harris (former skin basher
of US Metal act H.A.T.E., featuring the great Greg 'Wags' Wagner as well) and I guess he also
knows how the pour down a whole lotta alcohol down his throat. Certainly a
prerequisite for Michael and Steve to be fully accepted within the American Dog
all joking aside, their individual skills are very good. Michael’s throat is
quite signed by booze but that’s what a band like AD requires – dirty and
mean vocals but the man also handles his bass shotgun proudly. Same story to
tell about guitarist Steve Theado, he also needs a few chords only to set a
place on fire and I even talked about his job as a supplier of many awesome
solo’s. Steve mostly plays his stuff hard and straight to the bone – no
matter if it’s Metal, Hard Rock, Blues or even Punk…name it and you got
it… great six string wizard! Newcomer, drummer Michael Harris – to discuss
his skills I have to listen to the new American Dog album “Poison Smile”.
it’s French label Bad Reputation who released the CD in pride and glory. Good
production, evocative but good looking cover art… this is what American Dog is
all about! Former albums “Hard” and “Mean” were good products but not as
good as the band offered their songs in the early years of existence. As for the
new album, well to me they’re back with an od to the early days and with a the
same feel I had on “Last Of A Dying Breed”, “Red, White, Black and Blue”
and “Scars ‘N’ Bars”. Rebel minded, freebird type of fireball spitting
Hard Rock/Heavy Rock ‘N Roll songs, actually perfect stuff when you’re
hanging out with brothers and sisters with the intention to have a REAL ball,
messing around for a while!
two songs on the album ‘Devil Dog’ and ‘Just Like Charlie Sheen’ to come
on like an angry, foaming dog on the prowl for its prey to rip apart after all.
These tracks are so damn hard and mean so the only way out is to face the real
forces of American Dog and dig it no matter the cost. If you don’t – better
get the hell outta here. ‘Old Dog, New Trick’ brings on a bit lowered tempo
but the guitar rhythms here are fantastic – it kicks me back into the good old
days of AC/DC (“Powerage”/”Let There Be Rock” era). Steve Theado in a
leading role that bites! And he shines again on the unexpected instrumental
composition entitled ‘2012 A.D.’ Well, it’s the first time I hear him
picking strings in a way like this. Real calm and easy but fully technical what
proves that he is more than just a three chord guitarist – as I told before, a
very gifted musician!
title track offers me for the second time honestly spoken. Both Michael Hannon
and Steve Theado sound unusual, different than what we are accustomed to them. I
have to give these tracks a few turns more – as for now, I’ll stay in the
middle. But dear brothers and sisters, ‘Lust And Greed’ comes from my
speakers and of we go again in full typical American Dog style, dirty and mean.
Ted Nugent fans better watch for ‘Splinterin’ Sally’ and that’s what I
like… full forced sledgehammer
Hard Rock, right up in your goddamn face! And the party just going during ‘Off
The Chain’, last one of “Poison Smile” is a cover song from Punk band The
Cramps. Entitled ‘Can Your Pussy Do The Dog’, I’m sure everyone in AD
proudly screaming out loud these words while acting for a live audience.
so the new American Dog album “Poison Smile” comes to and. I had a great
time listening to it – actually nothing to do with Metal but still, it feels
good to hear that the band hold on to their hard hitting dirty Hard Rock sound
and their own way of living. Never change a winning team, right! Except for two,
described by myself as unexpected tracks, “Poison Smile” brings a real
energy explosion delivered through a bunch of heavy drinking cowboys from hell.
Wanna set up your own party? First of all, don’t forget to order American
Dog’s new album at: www.badreputation.fr
…watch their new videoclip for ‘Just Like Charlie Sheen’ HERE.
My Points: 93 / 100 (Review by Stefan)