"Dogface" (Black Lotus; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Leash Law is a new band comprised of accomplished metal veterans whose nine-track debut, "Dogface," is a no strings attached, straight ahead attack that won't disappoint the spiked wristband contingent. 

In fact, Wade Black's falsetto metal shrill and the rest of the outfit - comprised of ex-members of such luminaries as Death, Seven Witches, and Iced Earth - play the kind of balls-out music that combines the feel of galloping European metal like Helloween with the relentless crunch of American power like Savatage and Fates Warning at its heaviest. 

Tracks like "Martial Law" screams with the vengeance of vintage Priest and early Mercyful Fate, while the operatic opening of "Banion" yields the kind of emotionally charged, deep-rooted power ballad that doesn't demean the term or the band. 

If you're craving a metal fix with old school tendencies, Leash Law's inaugural offering is a perfect disc to explore.

For more information, check out http://www.leash-law.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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