Dust Bolt - Violent Demolition (Napalm Records)

A very comfortable thrash album much to the delight of young and old. There is nothing new or different to get in the way of some solid playing and a thoroughly enjoyable album.
Release Date: 
27 Jul 2012 (All day)


Dust Bolt debuts their album Violent Demolition through Napalm Records on July 27th. The band formed in 2006 in Bayern-Munich (like the football team), Germany and have one other disk to their credit, 2010s Chaos Possession. The opening track is entitled Opulence Contaminated which proves Dust Bolt are indeed a thrash band. The song is chock full of stock thrash riffs and drumming. The vocals have shades of vintage Tom Araya and Burkhard Schmitt while the guitars channel both Testament and Slayer. The song is comforting if only for the fact that you’ve heard the riffs before. Opulence Contaminated isn’t a bad song, it’s a thrash by the numbers song. Each break and time signature change and solo is exactly where you’d expect it to be. There are no surprises and nothing overtly stands out.

Violent Abolition starts and in all honesty you can’t tell the difference between this track and the first. Nico is a solid drummer and Flo and Lenny are adequate guitar players. This is a thrash album where bass is almost nonexistent to the detriment of Bene. By the end of track three, March Thru Pain, I was blissfully, happily enjoying the music. Shattered By Reality opens with a full minute of instrumental prowess. It’s a “slower” paced track than the previous three only in the fact that it prefers to have a solid groove before erupting into circle pit madness. This is the joy of Dust Bolt. It is a very young up and coming band that prefers to play stripped down classic old school thrash. I’m proud to have Violent Demolition in my arsenal.

Nico, Flo, Lenny, and Bene do just service to the genre. The younger generation that finds the back catalogues of Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and Hate Squad too deep and imposing to dive into can quickly grab Violent Demolition to cut their teeth on. It’s a quality recording. The nine songs clock in at forty-one minutes and eight seconds; one side of a cassette tape. The music continues with Toxic Attack which has frenetic drumming, devastating guitar runs, and a very sweet solo. The song ends with a flurry of guitar work and harmonies that are a mere nod to Iron Maiden.

Into Madness is an interesting composition in that I hear strains of Four Horsemen in the chorus. The song has both quick thrashy bits and slower Testament like guitar breaks. Into Madness is the most multifarious composed song so far. The nuts and (pardon the pun) bolts of Dust Bolt is the fact that they are a thrash band and unapologetically so. Oblivion is more of the same. Pleasure On Illusion begins with twin guitar harmonies that show off the dexterity of Flo and Lenny. The album closes with Deviance. The forty one minutes went by much too quickly as one song melded into the other in a volcanic lava down the mountain kind of way. If you are over thirty-five, you were at the forefront of this genre and lived through its hey-day. If you are under twenty-five, Dust Bolt is a band you can grow with and hone your appreciation for thrash metal. In between? Violent Demolition is a good find and will only enhance your love of the genre. Either way, Dust Bolt will hopefully be around as long as Slayer and Hate Squad and amass a catalogue that will rival those masters.