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Where Legend Began
English Dogs
Where Legend Began
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Primarily a Punk outfit, ENGLISH DOGS flirted with the in vogue Thrash movement with more Metallized albums issued on Music For Nations' subsidiary label Under One Flag. Formed in October 1981 the band debuted with two dem...  more »


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All Artists: English Dogs
Title: Where Legend Began
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Candlelight
Original Release Date: 1/1/1987
Re-Release Date: 3/24/2009
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 803341233171


Album Description
Primarily a Punk outfit, ENGLISH DOGS flirted with the in vogue Thrash movement with more Metallized albums issued on Music For Nations' subsidiary label Under One Flag. Formed in October 1981 the band debuted with two demos during 1982 entitled 'Show No Mercy' and 'Free To Kill'. The band toured as support to GBH in Germany during early 1983 followed by a British tour guesting for DISCHARGE before signing to Clay Records in July 1983 and releasing their first vinyl product, a 6 track EP titled 'Mad Punx And English Dogs'. ENGLISH DOGS first full length album, 'Invasion Of The Porky Men', emerged a year later. Personnel changes ensued after the debut album emerged with vocalist Wakey departing to be replaced by ex-ULTRAVIOLENT singer Ade Bailey. At this juncture the band also decided to augment their live sound by adding ex-DESTRUCTORS guitarist Graham 'Gizz' Butt. The band quit Clay to sign with Rot Records releasing the 'To The Ends Of The Earth' EP in September 1984. Displaying leanings towards Black Metal the band now headed towards the Metal end of the music spectrum, culminating with the 'Where Legend Began' album through Under One Flag in 1986. The group appeared on the legendary Shades promoted Thrash bill at Camden's Electric Ballroom with POSSESSED and VOIVOD later in 1986. Line-up changes saw the introduction of former OVERDRIVE man John Murray on bass guitar. Wakey returned to the band to record 1994's comeback 'Bow To None', whilst the 1995 single on Wretch Records was recorded with new vocalist Stuart. Butt created WARDANCE with ex FRANTIX bassist Andy Frantic and former BOYS DREAM drummer Matt Keys. Various members of ENGLISH DOGS forged an alliance with erstwhile GBH personnel in 1997 to create SENSA YUMA releasing the 'Every Day's Your Last Day' album on Retch Records. Another ENGLISH DOGS / GBH union resulted in Wakey and Pinch creating THE WERNT with GBH members guitarist Jock Blyth and bassist Ross Lomas for a 1997 album 'Wreckin' Temples'. More prominently, Gizz's sojourn with THE PRODIGY revitalized interest in ENGLISH DOGS prompting a re-release of 'Where Legend Began'. guitarist also announced the formation of a new act JANUS STARK the same year recording with ex-CHARLIE guitarist Terry Thomas acting as producer. 1999's 'I've Got A Gun' was recorded live in Finland at the last ever ENGLISH DOGS show. By 2000 Pinch had joined the DAMNED. Gizz Butt returned in 2004 with THE MORE IS SEE.

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Best metal crossover album ever!!!
eastbayray | Spokane, WA United States | 03/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"English Dogs turned in some credible early punk but they really hit their stride here with this album--their third primarily metal record. It's difficult to overstate just how good this album is!!! I spend years looking for it on CD after I lost my original LP while moving. I have a collection of over a thousand CDs and this album is easily in my top ten. It's the best punk/metal crossover album ever. Absolutely relentless with some of the tightest riffs ever put on vinyl--seriously, enough killer riffs in one album to put most veteran metal bands to shame. It's criminal how overlooked this album is. It shreds all of the nu-metal...filling the airways today and stands up with the very best metal music ever recorded. Unfortunately, it's impossible to find used and most people think it's completely out of print. But it's occasionally available as an import from Powerage records in the UK. Check out Songsearch on the web if you're determined to have this classic. It's pricey but absolutely worth it. Buy this CD and it will burn up your player for years to come."
A punk band goes metal
Thomas P. Ault | mercer,PA USA | 02/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first got this on cassette in th 80's around the time it came out. A guitarist/friend of mine got me into it. The album starts out with a guitar groove and the guitar keeps a solid groove through the whole album. There are changes though with very good musicianship for the times when it seemed Metallica dominated the whole scene. There were so many good metal bands in the 80's besides Metallica. The vocals kinda have a crossover feel to them a little bit punk and a little bit metal.I have been looking for this album for a long time, it was so refreshing to hear it again. If you are a crossover fan you should like this little treat but it does lean more on the metal side of things. I had two other albums by them but I like this one best out of the ones I have heard. Check it out!"
Ryan E Dunbar | Oakland, CA. | 01/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album, by far is the greatest thrash, metal, punk and hardcore album of all time. English Dogs first started off as a punk band, but quickly ventured into the metal scene. Back in the early to mid 80's, punk was dying fast and band's like the English Dogs, DRI, GBH, Crumbsuckers and Corrosion of Conformity, found they could do more damage playing to the metalheads. What they did was genius. This album embodies the true essence of thrash metal with a classical twist and contains sort of a Lord of the Rings type lyrics. A must have for any true thrashers. Whoooo's up there!!!"