DUST BOLT - Awake The Riot

Dust Bolt - Awake The Riot

12 songs
58:30 minutes
***** **


Dust Bolt is a Bavarian thrash metal band that has been around since 2006. Winning a Metal Battle competition helped put the spotlight on them, and since then they have released two albums. The current longplayer is called Awake The Riot, and I am not revealing too much when I say that not that much has changed since their debut Violent Demolition. This isnít meant as a criticism, as German bands have been among the best when it comes to thrash metal for quite a few decades.

Starting with the opener Living Hell, Dust Bolt show right away what to expect. They come at you with rather rough thrash metal that is deeply rooted in the late Eighties. The same procedure is used ton Soul Erazor and Beneath The Earth, where especially the latter is a relentless neck breaker. It is striking that although the songs are not truly complex, they are nevertheless arranged smartly enough that you canít help having fun. Whenever Dust Bolt are thrashing forward as if there were no tomorrow, comparisons to legends like Sacred Reich and Dark Angel come to mind. I also want to point out the excellent quality of the abundant guitar solos that are always integrated perfectly within the songwriting. The short title track is also proof of the fact that Dust Bolt are quite able to get to the point quickly.

After two thirds of the album, it gets clear though that the band is starting to run out of ideas. It is obvious that the last four songs canít keep the high level that came before, and one understands why they have been put on the end of the album. Drowned In Blind Faith feels too groovy, Worlds Built To Deceive and The Monotonous - Distant Scream come with quiet, melodic elements that donít really work well for the band. Ok, so the Evil Dead cover version Future Shock and the following hidden bonus track make it up a little again, but the initial great impression is still a little flawed.

Awake The Riot is by no means a weak album, but in this case less would have certainly been more. Frankly, good thrash metal albums donít have to be an hour long, so nobody would have minded a couple of tracks less. It would have left the listener with a more exciting experience.

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