D.O.G. – Unleashed

D.O.G. - Unleashed
  • 5/10
    D.O.G. - Unleashed - 5/10


Roxx Records
Release date: August 25, 2017

User Review
10/10 (1 vote)

Los Angeles’ D.O.G. (Disciples Of God) describe themselves as Christian Metal in the Metallica and Motörhead vein. Comprised of members of Holy Soldier, Vengeance Rising, and Neon Cross, the band displays a professional musicianship and song writing prowess. Unfortunately, an uneven mix inhibits the listening experience and doesn’t do the band justice.

While the comparison to Motörhead is a stretch, the band’s vocals, guitars, and drums sound very similar to Kill ‘Em All era Metallica. The similarity to Hetfield and company is evident straight out of the gate with the opening track, “No One Rides For Free”. Up-tempo, hard-hitting drums, and hook heavy growling riffs provide a relentless back drop to vocals very reminiscent of Hetfield. There are moments in which one’s memory summons the lyrics of “Whiplash”. Is there room in your listening library for another ‘Whiplash”? When it’s done this well, of course there is. This would be a strong album if the production template used for the lead track continued throughout the album. Sadly the vocal and cymbal mix on the remaining tracks are too hot for comfortable listening. If you tweak your equalizer appropriately, other highlights are “Armageddon” featuring a clever and doomy Sabbath-esque bridge and “Hey You” with its sludgy groove and catchy chorus.

Without a doubt, D.O.G. are a talented band who deliver Heavy Metal without the “churchy” lyrical trappings which limit the appeal of many Christian Metal bands. This is not Stryper. Unleashed will appeal to fans of both Christian and Traditional Metal.



  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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