Seven years in the making, the debut self-titled CD from Rustmouth is a sledgehammer to the head of any music fan. Easily accessible to nearly any listener, this album is as catchy as it is heavy. Fans in the Rustmouth inner circle that have heard the CD all seem to have a different favorite track. And chances are, you will too.
From the bluesy heavy groove riff in the opener, "Downward Spiral," to the down-tuned, fat guitar-toned album ender, "Down the Barrel," there's something here for everyone. In between you will find song after song of adrenaline-injected, boot-to-the-throat rock songs that won't let up until the CD is finished spinning.
At first, Rustmouth just wanted to create some cool, crushing heavy riff-oriented songs. First and foremost, they are guitar players so that is where their focus lies. However, as the years grew on and they kind of stepped back from the project, they changed course. They grew as artists and realized there is more than just the riff when writing great songs. Now, don’t get the wrong idea here, there is still plenty of killer riffage on this album! But now they pay attention to the details like the right drum fill in the correct place or the placement of a cymbal catch here or there. A catchy melody line in the chorus that expands and becomes this altogether new and exciting lyric. That little bass run that accentuates the chorus melody. Little things like this have made the journey of Rustmouth a fascinating one.
While this album is meant to be played loud, it will sound just as good on any mp3 player or iPod.