Tysondog
Beware of the Dog


4.0
excellent

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
December 12th, 2012 | 21 replies | 1,289 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A forgotten gem from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

There is little doubt that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that arose during the early to mid 80's was a rather hit and miss affair. If you explore the less well tread paths away from the more well known acts such as Iron Maiden, Diamond Head and Saxon you will find a whole host of badly produced and rather amateur sounding metal bands that deservedly faded into oblivion. However, there were several bands that, although not quite approaching the quality of the aforementioned trio, did in fact deliver some entertaining 80's metal and deserved far more success than they achieved. Tysondog are just such a band.

In some ways Tysondog are pretty much the archetypal NWOBHM band. By blending the influences of stalwart metal acts such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath and injecting some of the vitality of punk into their music they sound fresh and energetic, if not particularly original. Album opener "Hammerhead" screams Iron Maiden at you with its opening riff and galloping rhythm and although not quite hitting the heights of the music that those kings of the NWOBHM were dishing out at the time it comes damn close. Even better is "Dog Soldiers" with its stomping rhythm, killer hook and searing blues-based soloing. Some cracks do show in places in the form of naive vocal phrasing and some rather badly produced percussion sounds but the sheer power and enthusiasm on offer ensures a fun listening experience. Elsewhere on the album the spectre of Judas Priest looms rather large in places. "Dead Meat" almost sounds like a tribute to Priest's British Steel and "Painted Heroes" is a mid-tempo rocker with a riff that one could easily imagine being churned out by Glenn Tipton or K.K. Downing. But in spite of the band wearing their influences on their sleeve the music is delivered with such conviction that it hardly matters. Album closer "In The End" brings the curtain down with some lovely acoustic guitar passages and a great extended solo which sounds quite unlike anything else on offer.

This is a highly entertaining album from start to finish with no filler in sight. Tysondog's influences may be rather too obvious on occasion but the band's capability in whacking out some solid and infectious metal tunes is undeniable. A lot of music from this era can tend to sound a tad cheesy when compared to the thrash metal that came to prominence shortly thereafter and this album is no exception. However, if you don't take it all too seriously there is a lot to like in this forgotten debut from Tysondog, especially for fans of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First 2 are bad uploads, real thing sound's better than those :-

Dog Soldiers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY--4Gr4ULM
Hammerhead - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFtcOcX99Jc
In the End - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NV6veiTT28

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



50093 Comments


Do the dog

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CaptainDooRight
December 12th 2012



28832 Comments


have a pos bro

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thankyou kindly

MeatSalad
December 12th 2012



14450 Comments


Sweet review mena

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CaptainDooRight
December 12th 2012



28832 Comments


jus checked first and third link u posted and thought it was chill, based on that a 3-3.5

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

CaptainDooRight
December 12th 2012



28832 Comments


faith


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



6007 Comments


Good call for the review, pos.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks Voivod, i noticed it was you added this band's discog on here, have you listened much ?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



6007 Comments


I know only a few tracks - "Hotter Than Hell", "Taste The Hate" and "School's Out" (Alice Cooper cover) - from Greek Metal Hammer CD compilations about NWOBHM.

"Taste The Hate" is on their second album and it really rocks, I was listening on repeat mode back in the day.



Edit:

unofficial album stream: http://www.metal-samples.com/2011/06/tysondog-beware-of-dog-1984.html


SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2012



4410 Comments


I've never heard this band but will check out just because I love 80's metal.

Good review, Mena, as always. POS'd.

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tommygun
December 12th 2012



24551 Comments


nice work professor!

pos

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KILL
December 13th 2012



71454 Comments


dude didnt even realise you were reviewin again review you by gong come on man plz i beg hard

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well KILL i could try and do 'You' bcos it has no review, but it's damn hard to do and only about 3 or 4 people on here care about Gong so seems futile.

manosg
January 7th 2013



5946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really fun album. Spot on review, pos.

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BigHans
February 21st 2014



26455 Comments


bet this riffs hard

BigHans
February 21st 2014



26455 Comments


Hammerhead goes hard

manosg
February 21st 2014



5946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude if you're into some nwobhm mood listen to this one. It's by an obscure band called Trident and they've released only a 7".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFAgY-EoE6U

BigHans
February 21st 2014



26455 Comments


sweet man that NWOBHMs hard



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