Hall of Records
Release Date: 22 July 2016
Review by Kris Peters
It seems these days that musicians are playing musical chairs a lot, swapping and joining forces with people from other bands with reckless abandon. While this is more often than not a good thing, it also can leave you wondering why, when the material put out is so similar to the original band’s.
Don’t get me wrong, Dunsmuir’s debut album is a ripper, but for mine it just sounds a lot like a new Clutch album. The unfortunate thing here is that if this album wasn’t featuring Neil Fallon from Clutch and Vinny Appice from Black Sabbath as a promotional tool, then many people wouldn’t give this album the time of day, which is a shame.
Guitar driven opener, Hung on the Rocks, sets the tone beautifully for the album, with a pulsating slab of rock that propels you into the remaining nine tracks. Our Only Master and What Matter of Bliss are heavily influenced by Sabbath – again, not a bad thing – and tunes such as The Bats (Are Hungry Tonight) and Orb of Empire channels Clutch at their destructive best.
As a stand-alone album by Dunsmuir, this is a welcome return to rock and roll when it was dirty and unsafe, but unfortunately for many people it will be that band with the singer from Clutch and the drummer from Black Sabbath, but it deserves so much more.