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Raw Dog
God of War: Blood and Metal
Length 07:33
Working title (Unknown)
Release date 2nd March 2010
Lyrics (INSTRUMENTAL)
Music Dream Theater
First live performance Never played live
Total live plays 0
Recorded Cove City Sound Studios
Other appearances
Previous song Black Clouds and Silver Linings (album)
Next song A Dramatic Turn of Events (album)

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 III. 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, the band's first since Train of Thought in 2003, and the last track to be written with and feature Mike Portnoy on drums until he rejoined Dream Theater in October 2023. John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar tuned 1 whole step down (A-D-G-C-F-A-D).

Trivia[]

  • 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 is 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.
  • This is the first time that John Petrucci plays a down-tuned 7-string in Dream Theater's whole discography, he would only do this in three other songs as of 2023. These are False Awakening Suite (G Standard), Illumination Theory (Same Tuning, A Standard) and Viper King (Drop A).
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