Sound — 8
Dustsucker is created by Jos Driessen, a creative musician out of the southern parts of Holland. This is his debut full length album called Apocalypse Of One. I have to say I'm really impressed about the professionalism of this release. He took creative control over the artwork (perhaps a bit influenced by the artwork of John Baizley of Baroness), the recordings and playing/programming all of the instruments. The result is pretty mind-blowing! The first time I heard the music, I thought it was a decent and inventive chaotic math/metalcore album. Nothing really special, but played very well. In time, this record grew on me and I discovered the rough diamond beneath the layers of dust. It combines the fast-paced chaotic ingenuity of bands like Converge and Pig Destroyer, with the relentless groove of a band like Mastodon into a piece of solid concrete. Even though the drums and bass-guitar are programmed, the sound is full and warm. Of course the programmed drums give the whole sound a bit of an Agoraphobic Nosebleed feel to it.
Lyrics — 8
This album is in fact a concept-album in the I-person, which deals about a person that is falling in love with a woman. This slowly turns into a sickening obsession. At a certain point there is a relationship, but the woman turns out to be a twisted femme-fatal that is messing up his mind. After the break-up, the I-person lacks all energy for life. Just to be left alone with the memory of how he thought she would be.
Overall Impression — 9
The album contains nine songs. The first eight songs are just fast, frantic, straight-up chaotic math/metalcore songs, but the last song called Revelation', is built up in two parts. This song alone, is worth buying the album! It starts off in a chunky Converge riff to be carried on in a massive, rocking riff, but when the second part of this song kicks in, it really gets interesting! All of a sudden he pulls out a gigantic, mammoth sludge/doom-riff, which gives me shivers down my spine. This song has everything I want to hear in extreme music; complexity, groove, extremity, sludge and just top of the bill musician-ship. Awesome, brilliant song! I'm very curious how Jos will develop himself as a musician. Can't wait to hear some more of him! Everyone who is into sludgy/groovy, math/metalcore and likes bands like Converge, Pig Destroyer, Mastodon and the likes, should support this local band by buying a copy of this album. It surely blew me away!