Self released, under total band control and stocked in the Louder Than War shop along with the rest of the FD catalogue, the third album from the, erm, ferocious celtic folk punksters carries their message onwards and upwards.
Proudly displaying a tagline from US magazine Shite’n’Onions that calls them “As authentic as feck”, the Red album is exactly what it says on the tin – the colour of danger, a warning, take care, beware; no holds barred, no prisoners taken, no punches pulled and to lift from the Ferocious blog – “no red herring.”
The Ferocious Underdog attitude underlies Together We Are Strong – simple bare bones seventy seven punk bar the pogoing and gobbing, which might have been particularly out of place in the gentle string driven middle section.
In fact, it’s where the tried and trusted takes a back seat in A & B whose more sombre subject of Birkenau concentration camp takes a more simple but most effective path – proof that for all the bluff and bluster and the marching beat in The Enemy Within that follows, the picked tumble and roll of guitar notes and a lamenting fiddle do the job.
Seven minutes of the slow reggae jive Class War inevitably gets an injection of vitality as the Dog continue their relentless pursuit – the occasional reflective moments soon giving way to frantic gypsy fiddling punky thrashes. It’s the veritable same picture in a new frame although critics may launch accusations of predictability as one song merges into another in a one dimensional medley.
What’s for sure is that Red proves an outlet for a bit of a rage and rant and although it may test your patience, you wouldn’t want to argue.
“In a article titled ‘Ferocious Dog: Red – album review” published on Louder Than War, author Mike Ainscoe comments on FD’s 3rd album release.
The article can be accessed in its entirety on [https://louderthanwar.com/ferocious-dog-red-album-review/]