ALBUM REVIEW: STICK TO YOUR GUNS 'BETTER ASH THAN DUST' 4 OUT OF 5 SKULLS by MICHAEL VAN DYKE
Though the album doesn’t officially drop until September 23 of this year, Better Ash Than Dust from Stick To Your Guns was streamed some of their songs on YouTube playlist. Since I’m completely unfamiliar with the band, this should turn out to be a particularly interesting review.
Better Ash Than Dust album opens with a song titled “Better Ash Than Dust ” as the same as their newest album that is coming out. This first track opens with a rapid and loud guitar riff, then 7 seconds into the song the vocals cuts in with the hard bass from the drum to get your blood flowing. The song blends together the stronger vocals with more sweet vocals as the backing music becomes more mixed.
The second track on the album, “Universal Language?” picks up as harder and faster throughout it’s length, and somehow perfectly compliments the quiet ending of the preceding track with its theme and message, it also features guest vocals from Brendan Murphy of Counterparts. The third track, entitled “No Tolerance”, explodes with a variety of instruments at first and keeps the hard and heavy feeling established by the first two tracks.
“The Never Ending Story”, ranks in the fourth spot on the track list, starts off hard and fast, and manages to keep that same pace and strength as the vocals join in with the mix of instruments. As the song continues, it mixes into a softer vocal and then picks back up to keep your energy flowing. It’s a very interesting song to listen to. The fifth song on the album, “The Suspend”, doesn’t start out as heavy as “The Never Ending Story” did, but the vocals of Jesse Barnett still kicks you in the face. But it builds quite suddenly to the harsher styles of the previous tracks and drops you back down into the energetic feel of all the other tracks.
To quote (Jesse Barnett) from STICK TO YOU GUNS about the song "NO TOLERANCE" This song is about our intolerance for intolerance. There is no tolerance for racists, sexists, homophobes or fascists in our scene. On a more personal level this song was inspired by my choice to be vegan. I can no longer be tolerant towards the torture that is inflicted on our fellow species that we share this planet with. I will use my voice, money and actions to stand against these things. All though I don’t agree with the vegan part, he is right we should all get along with one another.
All in all, this was a very interesting and rather thought provoking album. I definitely hope that you give it a listen because even if the taste to a harsher sound isn’t your thing, there’s definitely something waiting on one of the tracks for you.
Better Ash Than Dust
The NeverEnding Story