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Picture: Old Dog New Tricks
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Picture: Old Dog New Tricks

Melodic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Thirty years since their inception, legendary Dutch hard rock band Picture releases the aptly titled Old Dogs New Tricks, their first studio album in nearly 24 years. Back in the day, Picture's presence swung between European giants and cult heroes, as they toured with the likes of Saxon, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and many others. Old Dogs New Tricks proves Picture's seminal greatness as the first Dutch band with a record deal. The disc bristles with melodic hard rock tinged with a heavy metal edge. Old Dogs New Tricks, Blood Out of a Stone, and Opposites deliver a crushing blow of heavy riffs charging like a freight train. Then, on the other side of same coin, Picture develops extremely catchy melodic rock as on A Better Soul, High on Fire, and most excellent Live by the Sword. These are tempered by a single, yet quite articulate and moving, rock ballad Now It's Too Late. While it may be difficult on this side of the Atlantic, fans on the Continent should probably sift through the used record bins for Picture's back catalog. But that would be after they buy this convincing, hard rocking comeback album. Very recommended!

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Seminal and legendary Dutch rocker, Picture, reappear with Old Dogs New Tricks, a convincing comeback album of heavy metal flavored melodic hard rock.

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