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Dust & Bones - The Great Damnation Stereo Parade

Dust & Bones
The Great Damnation Stereo Parade
by Louise Brown at 10 September 2019, 9:57 AM

DUST & BONES  began during 2000 in Backnang, Germany. They play what is being referred to as Dirt Rock, which is a hybrid of Punk Rock combined with lots of other influences, most of which come from the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal genres. The result is something that sounds a great deal like the offspring of MOTORHEAD and the SCORPIONS; no-nonsense, working class "Drink 'til you puke, party 'til you can't move" music that appeals to all sorts of Rock music fans as well as quite a few metal-heads. To say that the music has an attitude would be a huge understatement.

"Get The World Sucker" displays that attitude immediately. It's raucous and irreverent, and will definitely get you moving while you listen to it. It's not a complex track with regard to the lyrics, but it's very catchy. It has some really good guitar-playing on it, too, which I never have a problem with. "Go, Go, Go!" is another one that rocks from the very beginning. It features some terrific guitar riffs on it that set the song off quite well, too. It's short and to the point, which seems to be the signature for many of the songs on this album as you'll see. "Freerider" displays a heavy Punk Rock undertone as it begins. The bass-line is great, as is the percussion; both blend quite well, adding a nice contrast to the flatter-sounding vocals. It reminds me of quite a few of the Punk Rock songs I heard during the early 1980s. It's a good track for the rebels out there. "Dream In Infrared" has a late '70s Hard Rock-style intro that's dramatic and not quite over-the-top. The vibe continues when the vocals commence. Unfortunately, the song isn't quite as good as the ones proceeding it. Its pace is a little slow and it lacks the "ATTITUDE" factor that the other tracks have. Fortunately, it does have great guitar solos so it's not a total loss. "Shaky Mountains" makes nice use of a harmonica in its intro, adding a bluesy touch to the music. While the music and the vocals are pretty good the lyrics leave something to be desired. They're a bit too simplistic as well as highly repetitive. While those qualities take away from it from a listener's stand-point, those same qualities make it a good candidate for any bar sing-alongs that might take place. Again, not a fantastic tune, but not a complete loss, either.

"Nail You To The Wall (With Rock N Roll)" features a good amount of Punk Rock tone to it combined expertly with Heavy Metal style. This approach seems to suit the band about the best. It allows them to show off their skill as musicians quite well. The track is loud, irreverent and full of that "ATTITUDE" quality that I mentioned a bit ago. An excellent song for those people who still believe that Friday nights are for partying until you drop from exhaustion, or pass out from a lot of alcohol consumption. "Bad Commando" has a high speed start with more Punk influence just to keep things interesting. The guitar riffs set the song off perfectly, providing a good contrast to the vocals, which are spat rather than sang cleanly. The abrupt, angry approach seriously works for this track. I am surprised to discover it is one of my favorites on the album. "Next Evil Thing" features a slightly more melodic-sounding intro that is quite nice. The vocals manage to retain an edge, preventing the song from sounding like a power ballad, though that's what the backing music brings to mind. There are plenty of good guitar riffs which manage to elevate the track to a slightly higher level by creating some tension and drama where both are needed. It's a brief composition, yet memorable. "Kings Of The End" begins quite low-key compared to the rest of the album. Once the song takes off it's great; lots of energy and along with more attitude. I like the stripped down approach that is used for most of the song while the lyrics are being sung. Once the chorus comes around the music increases in power, packing a lot more punch. The lyrics aren't very thought-provoking or deep, yet they manage to make their point pretty effectively. Both of the last songs on the album, "Outlaw" and "Kill Your Time" sound similar enough that they could be Part One and Part Two of the same composition. Both are pretty good, if not strikingly original.

This is not an album for anyone who insists on music designed to stimulate deep thought processes or astounding revelations. The music created by DUST & BONES is meant to be enjoyed just for the fun of it. If you like the music that was popular a few decades ago when people were simply looking for a good time, then this album is for you. I'm not even into this genre very much anymore and I liked it quite a bit.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Get The World Sucker
2. Go Go Go!
3. Freerider
4. Dream In Infrared
5.Shaky Mountains
6. Nail You To The Wall (With Rock N Roll)
7. Bad Commando
8. Next Evil Thing
9. Kings Of The End
10. Next Outlaw
11. Kill Your Time

Vöhri -  Vocals
Dirk -  Guitar
Bernd -  Guitar
Thorsten -  Bass, vocals
Jarle -  Drums

Record Label: El Puerto Records


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