I received some albums from Dust on the Track Records a few months ago and I think that it is high time I get around to giving them the love they deserve!
Knock out Kaine – House of Sins
I absolutely love these glam metal throwback bands in the vein of Steel Panther. Perhaps KoK(as they call themselves) isn’t so much over the top as Steel Panther is but the sound is for the most part similar. Power chords a plenty, high vocals, singing about hard rockin’, partying, and women; oh yeah, that is what I want in my metal! The album is just a good time, fun loving, and ready to rock album. If you like having a good time and love 80’s hair metal than this is what you should be listening to! My only complaint is that it gets a little lazy towards the end with lots of similar sounding songs.
The Ordeal – Descent from Hell
When I saw this album cover and art I expected some shitty deathcore band when in reality what I got was a pretty good thrash/power metal crossover band that I fell in love with. From start to finish this album doesn’t disappoint in anyway. Soaring vocals over powerful and fast guitar riffs dominate this album in the best way possible. Any fans of power metal, thrash metal, classic metal, or any combination of those genres should be checking them out.
Scarlet Anger – Dark Reign
If I may quote Justin for a second “I can definitely hear the Kreator influence in their sound!” That is one of the many reasons why this band has earned a spot in my heart. It’s no secret that I love thrash metal with harsher vocals and that is exactly what Scarlet Anger brought to my table. Powerful thrash metal in the vain of what Kreator has been putting out but slightly different. It’s a little more classical thrash oriented musically than what Kreator does and I love it. A lot faster riffs and heavier drumming make you think the band may break into some death metal but then they assault with even faster thrash.
…I also have one album not from DOTTR:
Haiduk – Spellbook
I don’t want to be too critical about this band because this is their first album and I hear a lot of potential. The vocals definitely kept my interested but I could use a little more range to break up the monotony. As far as musically that is where the band shines, throughout the album they are very consistent. It’s no secret that they are fans of death metal and it shows. The drums, I think they are computerized but they have the right idea and whoever did them really knows how to accentuate their music. This is a young band that, if they can find the right members and create the right sound can be playing for a long time to come.