"All Turns to Dust" (Abstract Reality; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Apparently, Flying Cupid is the solo project from guitarist Abhiruk Patowary and, like so many solo projects these days, features a ton of guest musicians, some of which we'll list later in this review. I wouldn't have matched up the band name with metalcore but that seems to be the case.

I wasn't overly impressed with "All Turns to Dust" the first listen through and that may be because I'm not the world's biggest metalcore fan. I would have given the album 2 1/2 guitarsaws. That being said, a second listened unloosed elements that I really found enjoyable, including the fascinating and surprisingly effective vocal work, especially in "Hell Beyond/Beneath Paradise" as well as the particularly soaring "Through the Stars" and the staccato face punch of "Conspiracy of Madness" and its surprising saxophone solo! Throughout, the guitar work is impressive as hell. 19-year-old Patowary sure knows his way around a fretboard. That brought my review up a notch to a solid 3 guitarsaws.

For the record, guest artists on this album include Lukas Magyar, I Built the Sky, Aditya Paul, Lee Mackley, Christian Cartensen, Itayil, Philippe Charny, Siddharth Nair and Shiyasz Abdul.

Bottom line is that, if this genre appeals to you, you'll probably find something to your liking on "All Turns to Dust."

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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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