It is easy to note many musical highlights for 2015, some individual to taste and some generally acclaimed. One was certainly the way the year went out with a bang with some of its most impressive and exciting encounters coming in its final weeks, indeed days. Amongst them was Eat Dust, the new single from heavy rockers Lucifer Star Machine, the long awaited next roar from the band following the release of the acclaimed album Rock’n’Roll Martyrs back in 2013. The two track incitement shows the band is just as sonically dirty, creatively belligerent, and voraciously uncompromising as ever, and still one of the most appetising punk ‘n’ roll rumbles to come out of the UK in recent years.
Formed in London in 2002, Lucifer Star Machine quickly and has continually made their mark with releases and as a live incitement. 2004 saw the release of debut single Death Baby, a roar produced by Rat Scabies of The Damned, followed by a pair of albums in Fire In Your Hole of 2005 and Street Value Zero four years later which only increased the band’s reputation. On stage too, the quintet has consistently earned acclaim and support, touring and playing in over ten countries along the way. It was with the release of Rock’n’Roll Martyrs on I Sold My Soul Media, after band founder leader/vocalist Tor Abyss had returned back to his homeland of Germany, that broader and stronger spotlights caught on to the bruising and rousing sounds of the band. Recorded with producer Andy Brook, the album drew strong acclaim and keen attention; success the Hamburg based Lucifer Star Machine, with a new line-up, is ready to ignite again, starting with Eat Dust.
Eat Dust quickly grumbles with bass and riffs; simultaneously stirring with attitude as an aggressive intent is accentuated by the brewing anthemic antisocial heart of the song. The bass of Alex Low End continues to growl, its rumble pierced by the scything beats of drummer TJ Riot as Abyss shares his cantankerous confrontation. In no time the guitars of Doc Loocke and Fritzkrieg are entwining and searing things with spicy grooves and sonic flames respectively, the pair casting a bluesy punk ‘n’ roll web around raw riffs and thumping rhythms. Like Turbonegro meets Dead Kennedys meets Grumpynators, the track brawls with the senses to addictive effect.
Accompanying the track is B-side Stabbing Romance, a track cut from the same aggravated cloth with its own intrusion of contagious hooks and abrasive enterprise building to another irresistible chorus to get quickly involved in. There is a lighter Generation X/ early Misfits essence to the thumping devilry working away on ears and emotions in a no holds barred rocker to rigorously scowl and punch air to.
Lucifer Star Machine has a sound which is unafraid to openly use its inspirations whilst creating its own character and the two songs making up Eat Dust are no exception. That character though has an individuality which steps out and grabs attention by the throat. The result might not be something major in originality but in pleasure and incitement it irrepressibly earns big plaudits.
Eat Dust is out now as Ltd Ed 7″ vinyl and digital download via Wolverine Records.
Pete RingMaster 04/01/2016
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