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Dust Bolt Brings On A "Violent Demolition" To The German Thrash Scene

Munich thrashers Dust Bolt, newly signed to Napalm Records, are a rising force on the scene ready to take on the thrash world with new album "Violent Demolition." The band hopes to help inspire a new era of the thrash genre, starting by turning Bavaria into the European equivalent of the Bay Area.

With only a day to go until the album's European release, Dust Bolt vocalist/guitarist Lenny B. got in touch with us to explain the inner workings of the band and what's going on in the German thrash scene. Check out Lenny's views on the subject, along with info on the band's latest music video and live shows, in the full interview below.

xFiruath: To start out with, tell me a bit about getting signed with Napalm Records.

Lenny: It´s absolutely great! We´re really happy to be able to work with such a committed label like Napalm Records. They do a great job and it is a very important step in Dust Bolt´s career to have done such a good signing. We´re really really happy how things are going at the moment and Napalm does a great job! It´s the best thing that could happen us.

xFiruath: While some of the thrash titans from the genre’s early years are still going, there’s been a resurgence of new thrash acts lately. What is Dust Bolt’s specific approach to thrash – do you try to stay true to the original sound pay tribute to early bands, or would you consider yourselves a new thing altogether?

Lenny: It´s a mixture of both I think. Of course there´s the connection to the old school bands which we really love and which really influenced us, but I think it´s a new age. It´s time for some new and young bands that are still full of energy and can take the knowledge and the spirit from the old school days and pack it into a new form with even more influences and other circumstances to a new era of thrash. I think that´s the goal we have in mind.

xFiruath: Where did you record the new album “Violent Demolition” and how did the recording sessions go?

Lenny: We recorded it in a small studio here in Bavaria called The Engine with two sound engineers that have known us a very long time now. They often did the sound for us live and they knew exactly what we wanted and it was great to work with them again. It´s always important to have a good and easy atmosphere in the studio, that´s where creativity flows most. Through the small studio which is quite in the middle of nowhere you´re not distracted by anything else and you can really concentrate on the main thing. We´re very content with the result, as it sounds very natural and raw. I love that!

xFiruath: What do the album’s lyrics deal with?

Lenny: I think there´s a thematical thread going through all the songs. The lyrics on the album are all serious and profound - but we always combine that with typical thrash metal themes and hooks - which is very important for playing the songs live and makes fun of course, as far as we are metalfans by ourselves of course. But the main message on this record is maybe criticism on society and on what people are doing with the world and themselves at the moment. I sometimes combine that with some personal stuff, too, like in “Shattered by reality“ for example. But I think “Oblivion“ is the song that lyrically summarizes my main thoughts.

xFiruath: Tell me about the shooting for the “Violent Abolition” video. How did the shooting go, and where was that all done at?

Lenny: Haha, the band shot and all the scenes with the crowd we did in a small venue in our hometown, where actually exactly nothing is going on. We invited some of our friends and drank beer together and shot the scenes, it was very funny and exciting. The scenes with our protagonist we did in our rehearsal room which is an old casern. So it was very cool for us to include some of our friends into the video. I think the result is great.

xFiruath: Do you have any tour dates lined up to support the new album?

Lenny: Yes we have! Just check out our Facebook page for updates and recent live shows. We’re also planning to add lots of more shows for the end of the year, as well as another tour through Europe, but I can´t reveal details yet. Violent Demolition is coming to your town!

xFiruath: What’s your local music scene like and do you play live shows often?

Lenny: Yes, we play live very often which was the main thing in Dust Bolt the last few years. I think the scene in Germany is great, we have many clubs and good and professional venues, but also a good underground scene, too. Especially Bavaria has lots of thrashers which is just great. I hope more and more kids and people will be infected by thrash metal here in the future, so that Bavaria can become the new bay area.

xFiruath: Outside of the new Dust Bolt album, what bands are you listening to lately and what are you looking forward to hearing in the second half of the year?

Lenny: Oh there are many. My music collection is big haha! I love all the old stuff and I´m always exploring new bands I´ve never heard before which are just completely underrated and great. But I´m always excited about new releases from young thrash bands, especially America has many of them. But generally I´m more into exploring stuff than looking forward to new releases.

xFiruath: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Lenny: There are many stories I could tell. We already had naked guys coming to a show, just wearing their frock and lots of more crazy people. One time we had a show with little visitors and a guy just stage dived on the floor over and over again and nobody caught him but he didn´t care in any way he just kept diving on the ground although he really hurt. That was funny!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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