Heavy Metal Hangover Cure: Hair of the Real Dog

Metal has gone to the dogs. In a move that lifts its hind leg and pees on the fine line between clever and stupid, the vocal duties on Caninus's debut seven-inch Now the Animals Have a Voice are split between Basil and Budgie, two pit bull mixes whose barks are at least as loud as their bites.

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On songs like "No Dogs, No Masters," "Bite the Hand That Feeds You," and "Fear of Dog (Religious Myths)," the duo's howls, woofs, and snarls are backed by the early-Metallica thrash of their bipedal bandmates. The former shelter residents' wildly dissonant, fiercely arrhythmic delivery and the cathartic canine pride of the lyrics (as transcribed in the liner notes) are a welcome change from white-human-male- dominated metal. Hey, it sure beats those New Age whale music albums.

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