New York based hard rock trio Dust will finally see its albums Hard Attack and Dust re-issued later this month thanks to Legacy Recordings and Kama Sutra Records. While the trio only released two records in its time together, the records became the forebear to records from the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and others of its era. But again, thanks to the aforementioned record labels, this band’s music can once again be enjoyed by fans of true guitar driven rock and roll.
Both of the band’s albums have been culled on a single disc with a total of seventeen tracks between the two. Audiences will be taken aback right from the opening moments of Hard Attack. Drummer Marc Bell—who would later go on to become Marky Ramone of Ramones fame—plays just as bombastically and solidly as the late great John Bonham on the album’s opener, ‘Pull Away/So Many Times.’ Vocalist/guitarist Richie Wise is equally solid in his duties providing some rather impressive guitar licks. And bassist Kenny Aaronson maintains the song’s low end without missing a beat throughout the dual song’s roughly five minute run time. That same energy and solid musicianship is carried into the album’s second track, ‘Walk in the Soft Rain.’ This song is just as impressive as anything released by the band’s counterparts across the pond during what is easily rock music’s greatest era. So with any luck, this song will prove to be just one of so many that will open a whole new generation’s ears to one of the best bands that they’ve never heard.
Hard Attack offers listeners quite the experience, especially for those who are new to the band’s sound. It offers quite a few tracks that will opener said listeners’ ears to a whole and much needed breath of fresh air in an environment overly filled with bands whose music is dominated by down tuned, crunching guitars and cookie monster growls. If the music on Hard Attack isn’t enough, then maybe the band’s complete seven track debut self-titled record will win over new listeners. One of this record’s best tracks is its second song, ‘Chasin’ Ladies.’ This pure blues-infused rock song will impress any true rock and roll reveler. The up-tempo guitars and hard driving drumming mixed with Aaronson’s base work make this great party music and equally great driving music, especially with the warmer weather right around the corner. And the audio effect used on Wise’s vocals on this song adds another interesting touch. This critic doesn’t know the exact term for the effect in question. But it’s something of an echo effect. It’s one more interesting element to the song that makes it the highlight of the album.
Just as impressive as ‘Chasin’ Ladies’ is ‘Love Me Hard.’ It’s just as hard driving as the aforementioned song. What’s more, listeners will love how Wise mixes in a touch of flamenco style guitar work into the song’s otherwise hard rocking sound. Even had that flamenco flourish not been added in, this song still would have exemplified everything that was and still is today, right with real guitar driven rock and roll. Hopefully with the release of this dual album disc, other audiences of all ages will realize this too about this song and others on this re-issue. And while Dust may have been long broken up, hopefully this release will help re-introduce a whole new generation not just to Dust, but to what seems to be an increasingly lost art. The only thing that would make this record any better is a vinyl release for nostalgic types such as this critic. The dual album disc will be released April 16th via Sony Legacy and Kama Sutra Records.
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