Grave Desecrator
Dust to Lust

The hot, humid sweltering jungles of Brazil have spawned another bullet spiked, leather clad beast and granted this beast has been lurking in the jungles since 2001, they have been creating and dispersing their own brand of pestilence with various full lengths, compilations and e.p’s since that point. Now with 2016 upon us we have the new release, Dust to Lust. Readers, take note of the above year, because when listening to this you will be, or think you’ve been transported to the past. If this is good or bad for you, you may need to consider that now as we get into the nitty gritty of the album itself.

On first listen and after the obligatory grandiose evil introduction, your senses and thoughts will be transported to the past. You will most definitely be thinking, is this a unreleased Sarcofago album?  Also, much like the recent release of recorded but not put out CD from Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace, you will be forgiven to think that Sepultura did the same with an album between Morbid Visions or after Schizophrenia. This is pure mid 80’s deathrash, the sound is from that era in every aspect. Just listen to the production, most evident in the drum sound, it’s just so retro 1-2, 1-2 in its pounding, not bad in any way but how it’s meant to sound simple and to the point and old school flat sounding. Of course this was intended and the drummer plays well but it’s just “how” he plays that gives that feel.

Musically, as expected it much the same, pure retro worship and not much in the innovation category. This all great for those that look for those days and also for those that think Sepultura of the current age, should just get Max and Igor back and get back to the basics themselves. They have a similar approach like LA based band Sadistic Intent, they play with the plenty of the “old feeling” and the enthusiasm. There is no need for in depth song  analysis or overview, because if you been reading this far, you have a very good idea what you are getting into with this release.

So in ending not a bad release and something of a brief entertainment value when you crave those bands and sound of yesteryear but with the proliferation of this style as of late it seems and all the bands of this sort, some a bit better than others, others with a bit more impact and maybe a bit less derivative. I came into this album with high hopes and was a bit let down because some recent releases have rekindled that fire but alas this just barely stoked the embers.

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
September 20th, 2016

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