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Wardog - A Sound Beating (9/10) - USA - 1999

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 44:14
Band homepage: -


  1. Welcome To The New Underground
  2. Changing Of The Guard
  3. C.I.A.
  4. A Sound Beating
  5. Pain My Prisoner
  6. A Stronger Poison
  7. Sniper
  8. Seven Minutes To Hell
  9. Dead Man Alive
  10. Anatreehastreekos Haos
  11. Close Friends, Closer Enemies
  12. Breakneck
Wardog - A Sound Beating
You don't like Power Metal, because you hate those happy melodies, the high vocals and the fantasy-lyrics? Then think again, because WARDOG ARE Power Metal, but you won't find any of those elements in their music!

The opener "Welcome To The New Underground" alone is enough proof, blowing around your ears that your hair stands horizontally off your skull, fast, powerful riffing, dry-sounding drums and powerful/rough vocals with lyrics directly from life, earthy US-Power Metal with un-American melodies of the straight-forward-type!

You want more proof? OK: "C.I.A." is a straight stomper with a great rhythm, where you just cannot sit still to, you just have to get moving. "A Sound Beating", thundering double-bass, blistering riffs, more aggressive than before. "Sniper", cool riff, brilliant middle-part, with Tom Gattis' characteristic rough, yet melodic vocals. "Breakneck" bears its name deservedly, here WARDOG make it to the fast lane, blowing everybody off the highway.

So, no "castrate vocals", no "keyboard-carpets", no nursery rhyme-melodies, this stands on the earth with both legs and barks right into your face. Who likes true, hand-forged steel without any frills, will love "A Sound Beating"!

Any more questions?

Alexander Melzer

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