Formed in 1991, BLOOD DUSTER must be considered veterans in the world of Extreme Metal. They started out as a band influenced by early Grindcore bands like NAPALM DEATH and CARCASS. Even from the start it was obvious that BLOOD DUSTER wouldn't be just another Grindcore band. Heavily influenced by 70's Rock sat them apart from the rest of the Grindcore scene. Today BLOOD DUSTER can hardly be called a Grindcore band anymore. Even though they have those short Grind songs on every release, they are getting fewer each year. For me that's a good thing, because I think what BLOOD DUSTER does best is playing dirty Rock'n Roll with a Death Metal attitude.
It starts very promising with "Givin'StiffyToTheStiff". The first thing you'll notice is the guitar sound, it's tuned the way many Stoner bands does it, giving it a crunch I really appreciate. The vocals also blend in very well, really sick vocals, just the way I like it. The good start is followed by a track that's mostly a movie sample. "HippieKillTeam" is just an Australian guy obviously pissed at someone, venting his anger verbally. Although it's rather funny, BLOOD DUSTER are among the best when it comes to movie samples, I can hardly call it a song. The sample is followed by some fast grinding with the vocalist screaming all over the place. "MetalAsFuck" follows next, back to Death'n Roll it is. "MetalAsFuck" are succeeded by more grinding mayhem in the form of "IHateGirlsAndCrustyPunx", the word insanity streaks my mind as I listen to this one. "ChopChop" is the best fusion between Grindcore and 70's rock BLOOD DUSTER ever made. Starting out with insane grinding, the song thereafter transforms into a Rock'n Roll tune, even the Hammonds are present.
What differs "Str8 Outta Northcote" the most from "Cunt" is the fact that every aspect of the songwriting has been taken care of in a better way. While there are highlights on "Cunt", like the "TheCorpseSong", the overall quality is a notch lower. It's much harder to find a favourite track on "Str8 Outta Northcote", not because there aren't any good songs, quite the opposite. One of the weak aspects of "Cunt", is the more Grind related songs, for me they sounded thrown together just for the sake of it. The grind songs found on "Str8 Outta Northcote", though not classical in anyway, are far better than those on "Cunt". It's easy to hear that BLOOD DUSTER are having a good time while playing their music, I wonder how they perform live.
Surpassed only by their latest album, "Str8 Outta Northcote" is an easy recommendation for those who like some dirty Deathened Rock'N Roll. (Online May 9, 2005)