|God of War: Blood and Metal|
|Release date||2nd March 2010|
|First live performance||--|
|Total live plays||0|
|Recorded||Cove City Sound Studios|
|Previous song||The Count of Tuscany|
|Next song||On the Backs of Angels|
Raw Dog is the third track on the God of War: Blood and Metal EP – a compilation album written to celebrate the release of Playstation 3 game God of War 3. Dream Theater, along with five label-mates (six on the special edition) including past and future tour-buddies Opeth and Trivium respectively, wrote new songs for the EP, taking the mythological violence of the game as inspiration.
Raw Dog is an instrumental, Dream Theater's first since Train of Thought in 2003, and the last track to be written by and feature Mike Portnoy on drums. John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar tuned 1 whole step down (A-D-G-C-F-A-D).
- Raw Dog's abrupt ending – which was initially to feature samples from the game – pays tribute to the band's breakthrough hit Pull Me Under.
- The track also pays homage to Ytse Jam, the band's first instrumental. Just as Ytse Jam is a reversal of the band's original name Majesty, Raw Dog is an (approximate) reversal of God of War, the game it's dedicated to.
- The phrase "raw dog" also refers to a sex act. ("Ytse jam," as far as we are aware, does not. Which is just as well, as it sounds messy.)
- At the time of release, Dream Theater had released three consecutive albums with no instrumental tracks whatsoever – the longest stretch between instrumentals in the band's history.