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Though they'd planned to split after the release of Sweet Oblivion, that album’s runaway success meant Screaming Trees had no choice but to record a follow-up. This 1996 album revives the mucky psychedelia of their early years in rural Washington and reinvigorates it with their newfound confidence as a stadium-rock superpower. “Halo of Ashes” should have been one of the big hits of the mid-'90s: it applies Nirvana's sonic disposition to the swirling momentum of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Produced by George Drakoulias (the Rick Rubin associate who oversaw early albums by The Black Crowes and Primal Scream), the rest of Dust is similarly epic without giving up the Trees’ love for dense and disobedient guitars. At the same time, “Traveler” shows that the Trees retained a mysterious, ominous appeal even when they subtracted the amplified roar. Featuring cameos from Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), stoner metal figurehead Chris Goss (Kyuss, Masters of Reality), and Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty’s band), Dust stands at the crossroads of grunge, stoner metal, and American roots rock.

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great album

what can i say .... it's the screaming trees at their best .... buy the album ! .... if your a fan of soul asylum, smashing pumpkins, or pearl jam, than you'll love them

To compare is not the point

Good observation, JB... Screaming Trees are indeed not Alice and Chains, PJ or Nirvana. Not at all. They preceeded those bands and drove a different direction, even as they were lumped in with the Seattle grunge scene. They came from Ellensburg, WA, and created a sound to themselves. Dust is pure brilliance, and stands alone. As it should.


After being introduced to Mark Lanegans work with the Gutter Twins I went back and purchased the Screaming Trees catalogue. Great Music. Textured and melancholy. Dust was the only release I had not heard before- which is a shame! This album should be a classic. I would rank it with anything that came from the grunge movement. The whole album works together and represents the group at its finest. It find it amazing this group does not get the props it deserves.


Formed: 1985 in Ellensburg, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Where many of their Seattle-based contemporaries dealt in reconstructed Black Sabbath and Stooges riffs, Screaming Trees fused '60s psychedelia and garage rock with '70s hard rock and '80s punk. Over the course of their career, their more abrasive punk roots eventually gave way to a hard-edged, rootsy psychedelia that drew from rock and folk equally. After releasing several albums on indie labels like SST and Sub Pop, Screaming Trees moved to Epic Records in 1989. Though they were one of the first...
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