I can’t really think of many punk bands that have gone metal successfully. The Exploited, maybe? Suicidal Tendencies, arguably. Does Danzig count? Regardless of which ones you think went metal the best, I can’t think of any punk bands that went power metal. Enter the English Dogs.
Up until this very moment I’d just always assumed English Dogs were an English punk band. I think I’d heard them on some comps somewhere when I was a teenager and heavily into punk rock. Maybe they were an Oi! band and I could never really get into that kind of punk. Regardless, I had no idea they tried their hand at metal.
Now I mentioned they went power metal but it’s not so grandiose. This album is very power metal in nature but it’s very stripped down and direct. It’s has more in common with the American, straight forward 80’s power metal attack then it does with the operatic European style of the time. The punk aspect of the band is still there, especially in the vocals, but I think that’s what gives this album such urgency and aggression.
Delving into the bands history it gets sort of confusing so I’ll leave that up to you to decipher if you so choose to, but this album sure is a hell of a lot of fun, and from an unexpected source, which makes it all the more enjoyable.
You can get this album on Bandcamp through Candlelight Records here.