Blood Duster - _Str8 Outta Northcote_
by: Adam Wasylyk (
I can't express the anticipation I felt towards Blood Duster's new album, the follow-up to 1996's _Yeest_, which combined the intensity of death/grind with plenty 'o groove. You couldn't picture the expression on my face after hearing _Str8 Outta Northcote_ for the first time. I asked myself, 'WHAT THE FUCK HAVE THESE GUYS DONE?' This album is a desecration to what Blood Duster should stand for. These guys have obviously been listening to too much Kyuss or Fu Manchu, what's with all of this stoner rock influence??!!?? It seems as though the guys in the band wanted to get away from the early Napalm Death / early Carcass influences and embrace a more groovy/rock 'n roll sound. What a huge mistake. There's hardly anything (musically) on this album that reminds fans of what made _Yeest_ so great. The band have cut down on the blasting (about 50% less), the remaining speedy parts just sound weak compared to those on their debut. What a huge disappointment. _Str8 Outta Northcote_ could have been one of the year's best releases. Face it, guys, you fucked up. Big time.
(article published 13/4/1998)
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