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Review: Picture - Old Dogs New Tricks
Old Dogs New Tricks

Label: Marsmountain Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 52:33
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: October 19, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
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Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

Here is another comeback album in a time when the scene is buzzing with them. After more than 22 years since their last studio album, Picture, the cult band from The Netherlands, is back. After reuniting in 2008, Picture decided to again put the pedal to the metal. Drawing on years of experience, gained since they started in the late 70s, and assisted by various past members, Picture have released their metallic message to the modern world. Old Dogs, New Tricks is a title that might be seen as an admission of ignorance, however, the band seem to know what they're doing quite well.

Picture's high regard for 80s Heavy Metal and Hard Rock is a cornerstone of their music. Old Dogs, New Tricks might teach younger bands a thing or two about how to emulate like the good old days, without sacrificing today's heavy, brutal sound.

On the whole, Old Dogs, New Tricks captures the spirit of classic Picture. Hearkening back to past albums like Heavy Metal Ears, Diamond Dreamer and Eternal Dark, it seems nothing has changed since 1987's Marathon. The band's producer, Nico Verrips, took good care of them, paying close attention to protecting their old sound. Their guitars and drums, along with the talent to write trouble-free, yet inspiring, songs showed Picture as a band ready to join today's scene. This type of metal will never get old.

Old Dogs, New Tricks is full of rough, Hard Rock elements that can be heard on smashing, heavy smokers like "Old Dogs, New Tricks," "Live by the Sword," "Opposites Attract" and the heart stopper "Better Soul." In contrast to some of the creative elements, there is quite a bit of repetition on the album. The songs all have a sameness about them. A distinct lack of energy is also noticeable, in places. Not that this ruins the songs, but they certainly could have been more energetic.

Old Dogs, New Tricks is the new Picture; they've maintained their class from the early years and kept on going with true old school metal. It seems no one will stop them. If you don't know Picture, think of a heavier Deep Purple without keyboards. Explore the new Picture and recapture the dogs of the 80s.

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