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Dustsucker: Jack Knife Rendezvous

Have a hankerin' for some early 80's styled Motorhead? Well, you could pull our your copies of Iron Fist, Overkill, or Ace of Spades, but you could also give a listen to the brand new album Jack Knife Redezvous from Germany's Dustsucker. With a sound very reminiscent of Lemmy & Co., plus a healthy dose of punk and power metal, Dustsucker have put together a fun album here, not much as far as originality goes, but give them some props for energy and determination. There are plenty of catchy and chunky rockers on Jack Knife Rendezvous, like "Continental King", "Bleed For My Strings", "Dead on Wheels", and "Out For Blood", all with speedy rhythms, gritty guitar riffs, gravelly vocals, and big, anthemic chorus'. After a while though, it's apparent that each song follows a very similar formula, and honestly, you'll feel like you have heard this all before. Still, you have to give Dustsucker credit for crafting a dozen songs that just drip with hard rock and metal energy that, despite the monotony of it all, comes across as completely honest and unforced.

Now, if they could only come up with a better band name...

Track Listing
1. Dead On Wheels
2. Jack Knife Rendezvous
3. Wasted Times
4. Under The Hammer
5. Bleed For My Strings
6. Dust Is Rising
7. Continental King
8. Out For Blood
9. Burning Glass
10. Ten Feet High
11. Witch Of Death
12. Bigger Than Ever

Added: May 26th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band's My Space Page
Hits: 2001
Language: english

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Dustsucker: Jack Knife Rendezvous
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-25 23:42:49
My Score:

Jack Knife Rendezvous is thrash-guitar-based hard rock - competently put together, and with good performances.  The signature sound though is the angry vocals delivered in a limited-range gruff timbre that recall the Lemmy Kilminster's lean, aggressive style.  There are no keyboards to add texture, and the vocal style and the unerring anger yield a group of "samey" songs that are hard to distinguish from one another. 

All 12 songs blaze by in just 40 minutes, for an average of 2-1/2 radio-friendly minutes a piece - and only one track makes the 5 minute mark.

If you aren't into this style, it gets boring quickly.  Dustsucker will definitely find an audience for Jack Knife Rendezvous - but in the prog or the progressive metal community, that audience will probably be a small one.

Dustsucker: Jack Knife Rendezvous
Posted by Ryan Sparks, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-09 16:20:40
My Score:

If old school, straight ahead, high energy no frills metal is up your alley then you're going to enjoy Dustsucker's (I know the name blows) latest effort entitled Jack Knife Rendezvous. Vocalist and guitarist Max Count Farmer's voice is as rough as gravel and at times he bears more than a passing resemblance to Lemmy from Motorhead. In fact quite a few of the bands faster numbers for example the title track and "Out For Blood" rock pretty damn hard and wouldn't seem out of place on any of Lemmy and Co's earlier releases. While no one would question Dustsuckers high energy delivery, and believe me everyone of the 12 songs on this disc do indeed pack a pretty potent punch, where the record falls dramatically short is in it's lack of originality, not to mention the songs themselves are very derivative. The novelty quickly wears off after the first three or four songs and you soon begin to wonder if you should stick it out until the end. Jack Knife Rendezvous is the kind of record that's worth cracking open a few beers to on a weeknight if you're bored and wanna get stupid quick. Otherwise take a pass, wait for the weekend and shine up your well worn copy of Overkill or Ace of Spades instead.

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