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Rust n' Roll

by Rusty Eye

An essential snapshot of where Rusty Eye were at the turn of the century: the groundwork being laid for what was to come some years later.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Punk Metal
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1. Intro: A Ceremonial Welcome
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2. Dead Once Again
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3. Who the Fuck Are You?
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4. Black Desires
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5. Inside Her (Rings of Smoke)
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6. Silent Waters
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7. Certain Death
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8. Rusty Eye
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9. I Don't Care
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10. Return of the Scarecrow
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11. Phantasm (Instrumental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Although known these days for being based in Los Angeles, California, Rusty Eye trace their roots to the mid-'90s and Mexico City. After a slew of demo releases and live recordings, this is their debut album proper. Groove-laden, you can hear Mr Rust's different influences at play here - early Maiden, garage punk, elements of early cross-over (DRI, Suicidal Tendencies...), among others. Those familiar with the way in which the band progressed subsequently will notice a looser vibe at work here, not to mention a different vocal approach. But the key elements of Mr Rust's visions are here to be found - existential nightmares, death and gore - as is the hint of his musical ambitions which were to be realised just a few years later.

By Calum Harvie
Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK)


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Noktorn

Nokturnal whisperings, over the sea and through the forests…
Rusty Eye - Rust N’ Roll

This isn’t bad if you look at it for what it is: a rock album with large heavy metal influences. I can’t say this is a full-fledged metal album; it’s more garage rock with some Iron Maiden CDs stocked away. It creates music with a weird sort of inner conflict, where the band is torn between rock minimalism and heavy metal complexity. You get these big heavy metal riffs and song structures jammed into this tiny rock-based space, and it creates a very interesting, if not entirely effective, sound.

The music is very minimalistic and sounds like it could have been recorded on a 4-track: clear, but very flat, almost rehearsal room-like, especially in the wide, sustaining drum sound. The riffs are mostly metal-based, but the guitar tone is pure rock, which makes for an interesting dichotomy. Most of the song structures are rather bluesy and rocky in nature, though, clashing somewhat with the metallized riffs and sounding like Black Sabbath were Americans listening to The Ramones in 1995. A strong cord of bass presence winds its way throughout the songs, in an atypically large musical presence, at least when compared to most metal today. The vocals are also strange: shouted rock singing with the occasional oi! group chant, and even an isolated instance of death growling on ‘Return Of The Scarecrow’. The production saps some strength from the already somewhat timid performance, though: they don’t sound very powerful, but more unsure and quieter than they should be. The production in general is the main culprit of the music’s flaws here: this is the sound of metal and rock not meshing, but grinding fiercely into each other, both entities too big for this little album.

It creates interesting music, though. Sort of how Calling Hour’s music is a battle between warm and cold in the form of thrash and industrial, Rusty Eye is a battle between rock and metal on this album, creating the exact opposite of an artist like Motörhead: very clean, somewhat erudite music that still reflects both genres in that same aspect, but with some level of the crudity that defines both genres in hand with the elegance. It’s interesting from an experimental perspective: I don’t think it works very well when it comes to making catchy music that I really want to listen to, but from a structural standpoint, I’ve never heard anything exactly like this. It’s probably more progressive than most supposed ‘prog metal’ bands typically are: at the very least, it’s going places that others don’t quite tread.

‘Rust N’ Roll’ is neither heavy metal nor rock and roll, nor is it a particularly traditional fusion of either. It’s that fusion turned inside out in a way that I can’t remember having heard before. Consider it the direct antonym of Bishop’s ‘Steel Gods’: instead of reconciling the styles and celebrating their similarities, Rusty Eye forces them together and decries their differences. Weird, and I can’t say a great deal of fun to listen to, but very interesting nonetheless.

Frank

Great CD, better Live show
It's prog punk metal, that showcase strong song writing and clear vision of what this band is trying to achieve. I'm very excited for what they do next.

Manu

Raw, but in a good way.
I have to admit it's weird one and it takes a few listens to get into it.
One of the most interesting things about this CD is how every song has it's own style without moving away from the Rusty Eye sound.
The low budget production only makes the album more exotic.

I got Rust n' Roll because I've seen the new Rusty Eye live and I was curious because they play a lot of tracks from this album. If you like the new stuff you'd probably like this one, specially because it has that pure "In you face, don't give a fuck" rock attitute.

How cool is that?

Lucas H. Gordon. Rokker (Argentina).


Rusty Eye started like any other high school band, a very usual thing everywhere. As the years went by, the band started to create a following, creating more commitment and looking to move one step forward, that led to the recording of this album “Rust N’ Roll”. They define themselves as a mix between Iron Maiden, with the speed of Motorhead and the texture of the Misfits; the closest thing to Punk Metal. Their songs are pretty fast; Mr. Rust’s vocals are primarily low, I could say that there is an important similarity in his vocals with Joey Ramone and maybe Max Cavalera from Sepultura. The guitar tracks are in context pretty grinding. The CD starts with an intro “A Ceremonial Welcome” and as the 11 songs of this album flow, you can appreciate that this is a very good band that can coin this style of music. In the end, they finish with the instrumental “Phantasm”. I would say that the song that can easily be defined as pure Heavy Metal is “Return of the Scarecrow”, which has the sinister touch of the King Diamond singles… (putting the vocals on the side). Most recently, Rusty Eye released “Cryogenic” a 3-inch maxi made of 3 songs: Vermin (Instrumental), “Cryonic Suspension” and “Zombie”. After line-up changes, this trio formed by Mr. Rust (bass & vocals), Miss Randall (drums & vocals) and Rev. Jonny Dee (guitar) gives all its effort, strength, devotion and talent to Rusty Eye (another highly recommended band in my repertoire). For more info visit: www.rustyeye.com and www.myspace.com/rustyeye.

Lucas H. Gordon