"Tokyo Dogs"

By Dark Starr

When it comes to the Slaughter and the Dogs, and punk in general, there are a few assumptions to be made. Overall, it's a safe bet that this is fierce, and yet catchy rock. The melding of old school rock and roll with punk runs throughout the set. There are hints of metal and more here, though. This is a high energy and powerful live album for all those who dig punk rock played by people who can actually play. A lot of old school punk live albums had terrible recording quality. This is a new recording, and clearly does not suffer from that problem. 

The opener is a cut called "Got Your Number" that's one of the highlights of the set. The stomper leads the show out in style. It's part glam, part punk and part just plain hard rocking music. It's catchy and well-performed. It sets the tone for the disc, but they create variants along the road. 

Songs like "Who Are the Mystery Girls" and "We Don't Care" are based more purely on punk. So, are "The Bitch" and "Hell in New York," but there are meaner versions of that theme. "Situations" lands in that pure punk vein, too, but really stands out. I love the punk jam on the song. The chorus is so catchy. The guitar solo is meaty.It is packed with energy and fury. There is a drum solo at the end of this that segues into the next track. 

"You're a Bore" focuses on the hard rocking end of the spectrum, but is packed with a lot fire and passion. While there is still a healthy helping of punk on "Message from A Ghost," it's based on a more old school rock and roll sound. "Boston Babies" has an even stronger combination of that old school rock and roll meets punk vibe. While it's mean and raw, it still has some solid hooks. "I'm Waiting for My Man" is another with a lot of that old-time rock and roll in the mix. "White Light White Heat" is another in that vein. It has a particularly catchy chorus. 
New York Dolls merge with The Dead Boys on the killer stomper that bears the title, Dame to Blame." The cut almost leans toward the heavy metal side of the equation. "I'm Mad" also leans a bit toward the metal end of the spectrum. Particularly furious and screaming hot, it is a punk stomper that's very effective. It is the jam later in the track that turns almost metal. 

"Quick Joey Small" is a bit more on the hardcore punk end of things. It is raw and yet catchy. It has some meaty riffing and killer hard rocking sound in the mix.  The closer of the album is "Cranked Up Really High." It's another cut that's made of the same kind of high energy catchy raw hard rock as the rest of the set, and it has some particularly fierce stuff.