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Str8 Outta Northcote - Blood Duster

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Blood Duster / Audio CD released 1998-04-14 at Relapse

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      24.03.2008 14:41
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      Blood Duster's first album (1998).

      The debut release from Australian grind band Blood Duster was a great surprise to me, as it's actually pretty good. I never expected anything like this from the band that released 'Yeest,' which was wildly unbalanced, talentless and tasteless without even being hysterical. Here, the music is catchy, the styles varied, and the dark humour is actually pretty funny (naming a song 'Stiffy in McDonalds,' for example).

      The main difference here is the introduction of the band's stoner rock influence, something that takes equal footing to the grindcore, even if the two styles are never really fused together in a satisfying manner, tending to play alongside each other in separate tracks instead. This means that many songs will be mere ten second explosions of anger, while others take their time with grooving guitars and drums. I was never the biggest grindcore fan in the first place, but Blood Duster's own ability in that area is somewhat less than competitive, failing to live up to the intensity of their progenitors and often seeming brief and pointless merely for the sake of it, but the stoner rock tracks are something else: they are alright. Not particularly good, but fairly enjoyable.

      Unfortunately, while the grooves of songs like 'Givin' Stiff to the Stiff,' 'Metal as F**k' and the comparably talented 'Instrumental 1' all make for entertaining listening, there are still several factors holding this album back, some of them obviously inserted merely for the sake of disruption. Ever-present are the arbitrary film samples of people swearing and saying Hollywood-standard-obscene things, much the same as in any other grind band, and there's always the possibility that the next song will be a ten second screamathon that lacks any real passion. Random silences also serve to irritate, but at least the band is honest with its ten-minute finale track, appropriately titled 'Pure Digital Silence.'

      If Blood Duster hadn't made this tolerable with some catchy riffs, I'd steer clear. As it is, it's a fairly enjoyable listening experience, even if there wouldn't really be any point listening to it again when there are so many better bands out there practicing both respective styles.

      1. Givin' Stiff to the Stiff
      2. Hippie Kill Team
      3. Metal as F**k
      4. I Hate Girls and Crusty Punx
      5. Chop-Chop
      6. T**tie
      7. Mother Load
      8. The Meat Song (Stiffy in McDonalds)
      9. Death Squad
      10. Instrumental 1
      11. The Simple Life
      12. Where Does All the Money Go When Releasing a Full Length Album?
      13. It's Just Not Metal
      14. Celebrating 35% Pig Fat
      15. F.S.S.
      16. Ohh Ahh
      17. Derek 2
      18. Roll Call
      19. Shoved Up Your P**shole
      20. Ballad of Hoyt
      21. Pure Digital Silence

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Givin' Stiff To The Stiff
      2 Hippie Kill Team
      3 Metal As Fuck
      4 I Hate Girls And Crusty Punx
      5 Chop Chop
      6 Tittie
      7 Motherload
      8 Meat Song (Stiffy In McDonalds)
      9 Deathsquad
      10 Instrumental 1
      11 Simple Life
      12 Where Does All The Money Go When Releasing A Full Length Album
      13 It's Just Not Metal
      14 Celebrating 35% Pig Fat
      15 FSS
      16 Ooh Ahh
      17 Derek 2
      18 Roll Call
      19 Shoved Up Your Pisshole
      20 Ballad Of Hoyt
      21 Pure Digital Silence
      22 Pure Digital Silence