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The Treatment: Running With The Dogs

Camebridgeshire rockers swing back into action

The Treatment’s 2012 tours with Kiss and Mötley Crüe have clearly paid off because Running With The Dogs is a mature, confident album that’s a few notches up from the band’s 2010 debut.

The songs veer from balls-out rockers like Bleed Rock & Roll and Get The Party On to the power pop of Don’t Get Mad Get Evil. Everything is kept simple and catchy, yet the musicianship is fresh enough to make it slide along with a sense of true spontaneity.

Naturally much here is rooted in the 80s, but it certainly has a modern edge, which comes through on songs like Emergency and Cloud Across The Sun, where The Treatment prove they’ve got what it takes to display subtlety and depth.

Perhaps two or three tracks could have been cut to make this a more focused package, but the Cambridge crew do more than enough to establish Running… as being among the best melodic rock albums of recent years.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.