DUST BOLT

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Trapped In chaos

nA­pALM Ger­man thrash­ers start to emerge from their he­roes’ shad­ows Where Dust Bolt pre­vi­ously stum­bled was their at­tempts at try­ing to cover too many of thrash metal’s bases and writ­ing songs that were too long and un­in­ter­est­ing in the process. On al­bum four, they’ve grown into their melodic Hi-Tops, fo­cus­ing on tempo, struc­ture and ar­range­ments in­stead of ap­ing ev­ery­one from Ra­zor to Me­tal­lica. Their present sound is most com­pa­ra­ble to the 80s/90s tran­si­tion when the most pop­u­lous denizens of San Fran­cisco’s Mis­sion District were the home­less and com­ing-ofage thrash­ers on their sec­ond and third al­bums.

The Fourth Strike starts the al­bum with a so­phis­ti­ca­tion only pre­vi­ously hinted at. That’s em­bel­lished by the melodic ma­tu­rity of Rhythm

To My Mad­ness be­fore a sly nod to Xen­trix on Killing

Time. Trapped… isn’t a de­fin­i­tive DB sound, but it’s closer to it than ever be­fore.

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FOR FANS OF: Ex­o­dus, Tes­ta­ment, For­bid­den

CON­NIE GOR­DON

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