SoCal heavy metal outfit Lords of Dust recently dropped their debut EP, Kickin Up Dust, featuring “Let’s Rip” and “Mr. Stranger.” The band announced they will be performing at Planet Mammoth Festival on March 9, Scottsdale, Arizona, at Pub Rock Live, along with Bongzilla, MF Ruckus, Deathchant, and many others.
Made up of Dan Pernambuco (vocals), aka Buco Haze, Tim Booras (bass), Mike Blackwell (drums), and Josh Darling (guitar), Lords of Dust formed in 2017, followed by releasing potent singles such as “Electric Jungle,” “Million Miles,” and “Awaken Smoke.”
Lords of Dust’s music revolves around their signature desert-stoner rock sound, blended with complex elements of heavy rock and metal. They have shared the stage with Brant Bjork (Kyuss), Fu Manchu, The Well, Hippie Death Cult, and Mothership.
Encompassing six tracks, Kickin Up Dust begins with “Let’s Rip,” opening on sizzling guitars riding a thrumming, hefty rhythm as Buco Haze’s growling, rasping vocals imbue the lyrics with snarling energy. A searing guitar solo lights the tune up with incandescent licks.
Entry points include “Mr. Stranger,” which rolls out on deep, dark tones, and then flows into a viscous melody drenched in thick stoner textures vaguely reminiscent of Alice In Chains. Following a low, grinding bridge, the tune ramps up to massive layers of chunky guitars pushing out dense, grumbling dynamism as Buco Haze’s ferociously grating voice vents scowling textures.
A personal favorite because of its brawny resonance and sleazy vocals, “Swing the Hammer / Union Song,” vibrates with gritty surfaces accentuated by a blistering guitar solo.
Pervaded by hints of primordial doom coloration, “Blood on the Skulls” delivers black waves of oozing dread as Buco Haze unleashes his demonic-laced, hurricane-force vocals. The outro, coagulated with reverberating guitars, spills forth on heaving tones.
Surging with potent, clotted energy and muscular rhythms, with Kickin Up Dust, Lords of Dust deliver compelling heavy metal. This EP rocks!
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