"Diabolo Domination" (SPV; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"Diabolo Domination" is more of the same from Dustsucker, and that's good news. 

Like Motorhead, Dustsucker plays rock'n'roll. The twelve tracks on "Diabolo Domination" are raw, fast-paced (but not quite as breakneck as, say, "Ace of Spades), and hard as hell. The solos are crisp and dynamic and the vocals are raspy but not so much so they hurt to listen to. Each track is beautifully simplistic in its nature; this is music made to punch you in the jaw, not touch you in the heart. 

There's not a bad song on the disc although there are a couple that shine. "Learn to Crawl" with its driving riff is one as are "Ignite and Burn" with its Judas Priest-like fury and "Right Time" with its irresistible chorus.

There's nothing new hiding on Dustsucker's "Diabolo Domination," but I'd be disappointed if there was. This is one CD that you can always go to when you just want to kick some ass and Dustsucker will be there to help you kick it.

For more information, check out www.dustsucker.de.

"Jack Knife Rendezvous" (SPV; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


What makes Dustsucker's "Jack Knife Rendezvous" unique is their combination of thrash metal rhythms, clean guitar sound and gritty vocals styles. It's sort of like Metallica bred with the Scorpions bred with Motorhead. If that combination sounds good to you, you'll love "Jack Knife Rendezvous."

The vast majority of the songs here are fast-paced rockers, with only a couple that slow down a little and none that come close to being called a ballad (thank God). The final track, "Bigger Than Ever," is buoyed by a killer lead that seems to go on through most of the song, but my favorite tracks are the title track with its punk rock rage and the almost casual rock'n'roll speed of "Bleed For My Strings."

The driving riff on "Under the Hammer" sounds a little too much like the Scorpion's "Alien Nation" but still rocks hard and strong.

Bottom line: If you like your metal fast, gritty and well-played, then "Jack Knife Rendezvous" is for you.

Dustsucker: Max Count Farmer - vocals, guitars; Bill Salisbury - guitars; Danny Duster - bass; Marco Piermattei - drums.

For more information, check out www.dustsucker.de.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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