Dust
Hard Attack


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg USER (42 Reviews)
February 8th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the beginning of the 70's lies a hidden gem of proto-metal of an American power-trio that sounds as if it consists of British musicians.

The 70’s were the golden era of rock music. Especially in 1972 albums such as Deep Purple’s Machine Head, Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Uriah Heep’s Demons and Wizards, Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4, and of course the colossal live Made in Japan were released. In addition to their undeniable historical value, these albums were released by British artists that dominated the rock scene back then. On the other side of the Atlantic, 3 teens from the US were forming a short-lived band that released only two albums but had a strong impact on a small nucleus of fans that recognized something different in the sound of Dust. The sound of Hard Attack, the band’s second and final release, that we now call proto-metal is influenced by the likes of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, the Who and even Cream. So, what we have here is an American band that sounds as if it consists of British musicians. The band members however were not strangers to the world of rock. Drummer Marc Bell became known as Marky Ramone, while singer and guitarist Richie Wise went on to produce the first two KISS albums along with Kenny Kerner who wrote the lyrics of Hard Attack. Nevertheless, bass player Kenny Aaronson is the one who shines mostly throughout the album with his amazing musicianship.

As a result, the fact that the album sounds like a fusion of the aforementioned bands is not accidental. In addition, the listener can recognize elements of KISS from the very beginning with excellent riffs, heavy rock attitude but most notably huge chugging bass lines. But it’s not just speed and heaviness that this band has to offer. The combination of acoustic and electric guitar showcases the band’s ability to create more melodic passages along with their proto-metal sound. The song Suicide is the pinnacle of the whole album as one can listen to the band’s Sabbathian sound accompanied by drum fills reminiscent of Ginger Baker. Bear in mind that in this release Marc Bell (aka Marky Ramone) is just 16 years old. Additionally, one can listen to melodic brakes in the middle of some songs that remind Uriah Heep and psychedelic influences from the likes of the Beatles. Moreover, the band sounds even more interesting when they add strings and organ to a mellow song with lyrics such as “Angry angels cried, Satan yearning cast a spell on us, Cherubim with wings that cannot fly, Dancing demons fill the sky”. An additional sample of proto-metal can be heard in the speedy instrumental Ivory with its catchy riffs, cool bass licks, and Paice-like drumming. As you may have guessed, Dust is not your typical 70’s hard rock band. Yes, they do incorporate elements from several bands but they add their own style in order to produce a rather exciting outcome, that we now call proto-metal.

On the other hand, the album could have sounded even more consistent if it lacked some country passages and subpar southern rock influences. It feels sometimes that they’re trying really hard to reach the 40-minute mark and covered it with a couple of fillers. The band should have stuck with psychedelic and heavy rock elements in order to produce an even more focused and aggressive outcome. However, this is probably due to Dust’s lack of recording experience along with their young age.

Unfortunately, after this album, Dust disbanded leaving their fans wondering what they would turn out to be if they matured more and the following generations with a hidden gem and an excellent example of proto-metal material.



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manosg
February 8th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whole album can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYwZNFmA9hw

Constructive criticism is most welcome.


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Chortles
February 8th 2013


18100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice one

dat cover art

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2013


6343 Comments


Very well written review, pos.

I'm listening to the YT link, this indeed sounds awesome.



One suggestion:

with is catchy riffs

with its catchy riffs

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2013


21609 Comments


Great review, pos'd.

Need to check this out.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2013


20158 Comments


dat cover art [2]

nice review

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manosg
February 8th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Chortles, @Atari
Reminds of Golden Axe Warrior

@Voivod
Thanks dude. Hope you'll like it. Mistake corrected.

@JamieTwort
Thanks man. I think you'll like it.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2013


6343 Comments


This is awesome stuff and your are correct about the country/southern influences

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2013


20158 Comments


@manosg,

hell yeah it does. i still have golden axe 2 and 3 downloaded on my wii

deslad
February 8th 2013


392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man, I will certainly check this out!

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2013


4458 Comments


Frank Frazetta did the artwork for this, he's got a really cool style. also, sweet review, man.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2013


20158 Comments


i'm loving this album second song sounds just like the beatles

manosg
February 9th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Deslad
Thank you. I hope you'll like it.

@Paperback
Thank you for the kind words. Indeed, Frazetta has made a series of really epic album covers for Molly Hatchet.

@Atari
Glad you like it. The string section and psychedelic atmosphere really reminds the Beatles in that track. Golden Axe is great indeed, so many memories.

scissorlocked
March 2nd 2013


3511 Comments


wow man, I never knew you have reviewed this

band is great, it could be cool to review their other album too!

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manosg
March 2nd 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha, then I will be able to say I reviewed a band's whole discography! I listened to their debut recently and I wasn't so impressed, I definitely prefer this album.

There are some albums I've been meaning to review but I'm afraid I lack the discipline to sit down and write something good, I'll add their debut to the list.

CaptainDooRight
March 21st 2013


30334 Comments


whoa pos'd

manosg
March 22nd 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you man.



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