Dust & Bones
The Great Damnation Stereo Parade
The Great Damnation Stereo Parade, the newest full-length collection from Germany’s Dust & Bones, offers “high energy dirt rock” and is a throwback to the early 1980s, combining the spirits of punk, metal and other music influences. The album opener, “Get The World Sucker,” launches with a repeatable chorus, gang vocals and cranked-to-the-max guitars, while setting the pace for ten more adrenaline fueled tracks, taking enthusiasts for a mad dash to perdition in just under 40 minutes.
Invoking images of crowded bars and rock halls filled with leather and denim, listeners will find catchy melodies set against a heavy, thumping bassline in nearly every song on The Great Damnation Stereo Parade. It is easy to imagine such a crowd head-banging along to tunes like “Nail You To The Wall (With Rock ‘N’ Roll),” which screams of influence and attitude from Accept’s Udo Dirkschneider. “Kings Of The End,” another standout track and the album’s longest, is highlighted by surprisingly philosophical lyrics. The 5:03 cut suggests a glimpse of life on the open road and examining one’s physical and mental limits. For “Shaky Mountains,” the band adds a bit of catchy boogie with accompanying harmonica and piano.
Dust & Bones has been active for nearly 20 years, but The Great Damnation Stereo Parade is a first with new singer Sven Vöhri, who shares vocal duties alongside co-founder and bassist Thorsten Klöpfer. Between Vöhri’s growls and Klöpfer’s direct, clean delivery, the dual-singer approach brings out the best of the rock and metal subgenres. For example, “Dream In Infrared” is a choppy-hooked doom metal prophecy and a warning about technology’s eventual takeover of humankind. Filled with powerful solos and trippy guitar effects, the song is made whole by Dust & Bones’ complementary vocal approach. Given the successful pairing, Vöhri may earn a more prominent presence on future releases.
For fans of Danko Jones, U.D.O. and Airbourne who are seeking to march to the beat of new raw rock, check out The Great Damnation Stereo Parade.
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