Dust Bolt – Violent Demolition
Let’s get this out of the way: Dust Bolt’s full-length debut is as awesome as their name is not. Normally, thrash bands will have some kind of religious name (Exodus, Heathen, Sodom, Kreator, Death Angel, Dark Angel), violent name (Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, Slayer, Vio-lence), or something that just screams metal (Metallica, Metal Church, Agent Steel). Dust Bolt sounds like something Grandma would find under a cupboard while sweeping the floor. But I digress…
These guys have a sound that bridges the gap between the more “extreme” Bay Area thrash bands from 1986 (Dark Angel and Slayer) and the Teutonic thrash bands of the same year (Kreator, Sodom). Vocally, Lenny B is similar Jeff Becerra of Possessed mixed with Mille Petrozza of Kreator (melodic screaming; certainly not death metal by any means), and the riffs are equal parts Pleasure To Kill and Killing Is My Business.
Sure, Violent Demolition is derivative as hell, but it’s 80s thrash extrapolated entirely into “good idea” space. There are no slow and brooding songs for the sake of making slow and brooding songs (“The Thing That Should Not Be,” I cast an evil glare at thee), and what few slow-downs there are serve only as some form of “Hold them off while I reload the riff-zooka!” mechanism. “Pleasure On Illusion” is my favorite cut on the album, with some great harmony riffs and sudden tempo shifts to really crick your neck. The standout track of a competent and worthy release.
So yeah, we’re not looking at the second coming of Hell Awaits or even a Victims Of Deception here; history is probably going to pass this one by like it did Liege Lord, Hydra Vein, and countless other thrash bands that put out quality albums in a flooded genre. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth checking out, since Violent Demolition is a blast of killer thrash.
Kylie’s rating: 3.75 out of 5