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Wild Dogs - 1987 Reign Of Terror



ARTIST: Wild Dogs
ALBUM: Reign Of Terror
LABEL: Enigma
SERIAL: ST-73241
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: Reissue List

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Furlong - vocals * Jeff Mark - guitars * Rick Bartell - bass * Deen Castronovo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Metal Fuel (In The Blood) * 02 Man Against Machine * 03 Call Of The Dark * 04 Siberian Vacation * 05 Pyschoradio * 06 Streets Of Berlin * 07 Spellshock * 08 Reign Of Terror * 09 We Rule The Night


Background
These guys were at the head of the field for the US Metal movement back in the early 80's. From Portland Oregon, they received ample exposure on the Shrapnel Records label, as part of the US Metal series, showcasing the guitar skills of Jeff Mark. The band originally had members Matt McCourt and Danny Kurth as singer and bassist, With those guys, two albums were released on the Shrapnel label: 'Wild Dogs' (1983) and 'Mans Best Friend' (1984). After that though, McCourt and Kurth left the band, to be replaced by Michael Furlong and Rick Bartell. An interesting move for Furlong, who was better known as an AOR singer/songwriter in the Rick Springfield/Michael Bolton mould. Certainly a change of direction for him. Their first album for the Enigma label consolidated their heavy riff-heavy attack, taking a leaf out of a bands like Malice and Fifth Angel, who were very Judas Priest flavoured, but in their own American way. The same went for Wild Dogs.


The Songs
With thrash-metal being the prevailing flavour by the time 1987's 'Reign Of Terror' arrived, Wild Dogs were comfortable where they sat, their power combined with melodic aspects ensured they had a wide audience to draw upon. The Priest like 'Metal Fuel' is a hard-biting scene setter. The foot hits the pedal on 'Man Against Machine', accelerator mode is definitely 'on'. A track like 'Siberian Vacation' has a German feel to it, like Victory or current outfit BISS. On 'Psychoradio' the guys literally go 'hell bent for leather', the track grinding away with 'riff-monitors' set to overload. 'Streets Of Berlin' is intense and moody, the power reflected in the melodies bely the strength of this track. The incredible riffing going on with 'Spellshock' is compounded by the heavy bottom backbeat provided by future drumming superstar Castronovo. The title track 'Reign Of Terror' though powerful, is offset by Furlong's incessant shrieking, while the album finishes with 'We Rule The Night', played with the same sort of command as Fifth Angel for instance.


In Summary
can't say whether Furlong's presence here actually helped the band or himself to be honest. Having heard the man on his solo albums, the radical change in direction was too great a contrast for these ears. Perhaps not the most original band on the planet, but their style and hard driving attack was convincing enough for me at the time. The band apparently still get together on occasion, with McCourt now back in the fray though with a different lineup.


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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:30:52
this is probably the best classic metal lp ever . features
the amazing guitar playing of jeff mark! not one duff track and superb production, one of my desert island discs!
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 25 2008 16:12:44
The debut album still remains my favourite. Still have the tape with their first demo and the legendary Black 'N Blue debut demo someplace too. Many memories!
#3 | sabace on April 27 2010 14:57:16
yea the first lp is brilliant also but with fat matt on vocals!
 
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