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Dust Bolt: Violent Demolition
Thrash Metal
Napalm Records
July 27th, 2012
Release length: 41:56
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German Thrash act Dust Bolt have struck a deal with Napalm Records to release their debut full-length album, Violent Demolition. The recording follows up an independently released EP titled Chaos Possession, which was released in 2010, coming four years after the band was formed. Throwing their hat into the style’s on-going revival movement, does this effort have what it takes to stand out in the crowd, or is it just another name that will end up lost among the many others?

Violent Demolition carries a pretty strong recording quality to it that does help the band make a good first impression. This sounds highly professional, but far from a crisp or polished. The bass sticks out nicely with a deeper presence and louder volume that sounds great during the guitar solos, though largely acting as a strong, enriching means of support to the muddied guitars. They also have a lower tone to them, but a rather blunt distortion at work. The vocals match this sound nicely with an enthusiastic harsher approach with a nice range, feeding into a commanding attitude, but also what would be common place to early Crossover groups. The drum kit is superb thanks to the levels on the cymbals being loud enough to make an impact and not be overpowering, as well as the subtle deep click of the bass kicks that makes itself known, but provides back-up to the bass guitar, meshing together quite well. The only gripe is the natural sounding snares are podded up a bit too much in the mix to overtake the music, especially when the focus on them is greater.

The mixture of a harsh eighties Thrash with vintage Crossover rebellion and emotion is handled quite well. “Violent Abolition” stands as a perfect example, carrying that latter style’s atmosphere, but still bares its fangs through catchy Thrash hooks that hammer away at the listener, making you want to mosh or throw your fists in the air as the aura of not lying down like a dog consumes you. “Into Madness” has a good deal of groove in some of the main riffs that brings a Death Metal push to the forefront, amping up the commanding authority of the track, while still incorporating some solid Crossover influences in the chorus and additional bridges. “Deviance” also has some strong Crossover/Punk style material in the chorus that actually sounds emotionally moving. The main passages bring in a two-step approach from the drum kit, and while there is still a serious heaviness to the song, you can’t help but find much of it to be rather fun, leaving you feeling a little better after eight tracks of intense and often depressing material.

But then you have the crushing Thrash offerings on top of them, such as “March Thru Pain,” which does still find some subtle Crossover material in the drumming, such as with two-stepping and even a breakdown, something plenty of songs on this recording have and are often well executed, as well as transitioned in and out of flawlessly. However, the song really grabs the listener with a dark atmosphere and a hook fueled chorus. The guitar solo sounds hopeless and bleak, painting a depressing passage that accentuates the despair-ridden environment. That section is a slower pace which builds back up to the faster passages with somewhat chugging guitar chords, all between a mid-tempo that carries a little Punk influenced guitar work. “Toxic Attack” is another interesting assault, but doesn’t quite have that saddening tone to the music, nor does it really have any hooks until the very end. Instead, this one is just a high speed bludgeoning of hard hitting riffs that rely a little more on precision than the same note struck for a good amount of time. The vocals also have a little extra enthusiasm from time to time, though the adrenaline everywhere else is about the same, creating plenty of opportunities to bang your head along to the beat, as well as the aggression.

From start to finish, Violent Demolition is just a kick ass album. The audio quality works well for what the band brings to the table, there’s plenty of energy, the solos are great, and every track on here is well done, as well as heavily varied in the styles they incorporate. But, the songs that stand out are those that break the mold, such as the groove in “Into Madness” and the emotion that comes out of “Deviance.” Dust Bolt have meshed together the Crossover and Thrash sounds perfectly, which helps to make every one of the nine tracks largely different experience. While Violent Demolition isn’t the most amazing album you’ll hear for the style, it’s definitely a solid and commendable one that shows plenty of potential from the band, enough to make them a group to keep your eye on.

01. Opulence Contaminated – 4:26
02. Violent Abolition – 3:31
03. March Thru Pain – 5:18
04. Shattered by Reality – 3:48
05. Toxic Attack – 5:02
06. Into Madness – 3:58
07. Oblivion – 5:40
08. Pleasure on Illusion – 4:39
09. Deviance – 5:35
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Napalm Records.