Dunsmuir – Dunsmuir

Record labels and PRs on the whole hate the word supergroup. In the mind of the listener, it conjures images of semi-famous semi-talented musicians strumming each other’s over-inflated Porsche-cock egos to a frothy climax of piss-poor demo-standard clichés that were rightfully rejected by their day job. However, with the entire record industry in something of a tailspin at the moment, musicians seem to be freer than ever before to team up with likeminded souls and release music however, and whenever they want, creating something of a purple patch of collaboration. Following the likes of Killer Be Killed, Teenage Time Killers and Prophets of Rage comes Dunsmuir, featuring Neil Fallon of Clutch, Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath, Brad Davis of Fu Manchu and Dave Bone of The Company Band. Much like The Company Band, another supergroup of sorts, the comparisons to Clutch are hard to avoid due to the presence of Fallon’s distinctive fire and brimstone preacher croon which continues to coat everything it touches in gold-plated velvet honey, but for the most part, this is a beefier, meatier proposition, bolstered by the dense, doomy drums of Appice and Davis’ driving bass. Sitting atop the primeval sludge comes Bone, who has seemingly taken leaves out of everyone’s books (but mostly Fu Manchu’s) to create a slew of lumbering, fuzz-heavy stoner riffs that take the songs far enough away from the core bands to verge on the unique, but close enough to evoke satisfying familiarity, like putting egg on a pizza. The influences and histories of all four are evident in most songs, although ironically, it is slower tracks such as ‘What Manner of Bliss?’ and ‘Church of the Tooth’ which sound most Clutchy, and the faster likes of ‘Our Only Master’ and ‘…And Madness’ which give off the biggest Sabbath vibes. Although probably not Top 10 2016 contender, the album sates a number of hard rock, metal and stoner needs all in one, and if nothing else, achieves something most supergroups fail – the desire to listen again straight away rather than reaching for the originals. 


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