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Warrant - 1992 Dog Eat Dog

ARTIST: Warrant
ALBUM: Dog Eat Dog
SERIAL: CK 52584
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2012, Sony, 88691901792CD3


LINEUP: Jani Lane - lead vocals * Joey Allen - guitars * Erik Turner - guitars * Jerry Dixon - bass * Steven Sweet - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Machine Gun * 02 The Hole in the Wall * 03 April 2031 * 04 Andy Warhol Was Right * 05 Bonfire * 06 The Bitter Pill * 07 Hollywood (So Far, So Good) * 08 All My Bridges Are Burning * 09 Quicksand * 10 Let It Rain * 11 Inside Out * 12 Sad Theresa


Two years prior to this album Warrant were among the elite of the North American hard rock scene, with 1990's 'Cherry Pie' going platinum, aided by several hit singles and sold out arena shows. In 1991 the wheels started to fall off with the emergence of Nirvana and Pearl Jam into the mainstream, their no frills style of rock seen as more realistic and honest than Warrant's good time shenanigans. With this bullshit firmly in place Warrant never stood a chance. When 'Dog Eat Dog' hit shelves in 1992, every former admiring hack shot the album down as an attempt to fit in, with Warrant toughening up their sound and adopting a meaner image. The album sold respectably but their credibility was gone overnight. Regardless the album was a musical success, far from 'alternative', simply a natural progression.

The Songs
'Machine Gun' is the 'Cherry Pie' of the album, with a sweaty buildup to the gang chorus. The riffing has a harder edge than before but there is still an element of the late 80's sound, far from the ludicrous 'pop-metal' tag of yesteryear. The rhythms of 'Holl In My Wall' are a distant cry from their usual sound, with some fancy orchestration added to the vocal and guitar effects, which I concede were in keeping with 1991 trends. 'April, 2031' is lyrically heavy handed, a vision of a bleak future, and 'Andy Warhol Was Right' goes the acoustic-piano route, similar to 'I Saw Red' until the riffs kick in. Good song. 'Bonfire' is a rare 80's styled sexist throwback, a vintage rocker that could have been an outtake from 1988. The ambitiously titled 'Hollywood (So Far, So Good)' takes a lighter tone and coupled with the late 80's AOR melody of 'All My Bridges Are Burning', make for effective listening. Obligatory soppy ballad 'Let It Rain' works due to Lane's honest vocals, nothing contrived. There's a lot to be said about 'Inside Out' though. I wonder if the scribblers in 1992 noticed that this is heavier and more aggressive than any of the Seattle pack? And that, amazingly, it is faster and more riff based than former thrashers Metallica and Megadeth that year? A dose of real attitude! Never let it be said Warrant were posers.

In Summary
I'll never forget the review of this album by James Sherry of Metal Hammer in 92 (yeah he was full of shit wasn't he? Ed). Giving the album one out of five, he boasted how their time was up, that they couldn't fit in and were a joke. A joke they may be in 2002, but they are still around, unlike Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Warrant dissolved soon after, Lane quitting briefly. But by 1995 they rebounded with 'Ultraphobic', not prepared to give up. 96's 'Belly To Belly Vol 1' has been their last studio album to date before 2006's 'Born Again', the band tours frequently, playing every club and bar the US had to offer. It must be said that 'Dog Eat Dog' was far superior to 'Nevermind' and 'Ten'. Why? It's true American hard rock, the band rising above the critics, proving they could be heavy while maintaining their identity.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 10:13:39
'Cherry Pie' showed a great deal of potential...'Uncle Tom's Cabin' being the best song Jani Lane ever wrote, but they surpassed themselves with this album. It's by far Warrant's best. I'm actually surprised that the label allowed them to record it, though Jani was pretty philosophical about how much of a priority the band were with Columbia by that point, even after such a huge couple of albums.
It's a shame Jani has struggled with substance abuse problems over the years. He's a good guy. I think his then wife leaving him for Tommy Lee really affected him for a very long time.
#2 | Danielovich on December 23 2009 18:35:45
As far as I am concerned, maybe the MOST underrated record of all time. Diverse as no other disc on rock, with references to AOR, thrash metal, ballads, mid-tempos, hard rock, pop... take your time and study it carefully. You will be rewarded.
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