"Bar Chord Ritual" (Atlantic; 1996)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Rust sound like Pearl Jam and Jane's Addiction. A child of the two, if you will, Rust combine the power chords of Pearl Jam and the artsy side of Jane's Addiction. The CD is heavy on guitars but the vocals leave the listener feeling a bit cheated. I'm one who's all for the vocals in a band. If they're not there, then neither am I. On "Bar Chord Ritual" it's best to focus on the music these guys put out and try to forgive the vocals. The CD is heavy throughout and the drums are gonzo in many places. If only John Brinton could sing just a little better -- and back off of the screaming -- he might have a shot at a Candlebox audition. 

Throughout the CD, there is a basic punk influence from bands like The Ramones to Nirvana, if I can even put those two in the same sentence.

"Bar Chord Ritual" does flow with a tribal tone like Pearl Jam and the guitars are full force and that earns it the two guitarsaws listed above. The 1/2 guitarsaw is for the vocal performance.

Fans of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Bush will probably like the sound Rust puts forth. It's good music to jam to, but it also sounds a little like something you have heard before.

The best songs here are "Prisoner," "Perhaps?" and "Not Today."

Rust: John Brinton - vocals; Czar Michael Suzick - guitars; Timothy Peter James Blankenship - bass; Patrick William Edward Hogan - drums. 

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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