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Album Review

In the still unraveling aftermath of the early-'90s alternative metal explosion, one thing has become increasingly clear — the stylistic chasm left behind by Alice in Chains has yet to be filled. Think of it in these terms: if Alice in Chains held stock in a company called "sheer influence," one could rest assured that the band would never go hungry again. Indeed, competition for the band's throne continues to be a heated battle. With a handful of late-'90s active rock bands like Godsmack (who went as far as to name themselves after an Alice in Chains song!) and Days of the New (a shameless reinterpretation of their acoustic facet) ducking it out for respect, it's been almost easy for a mundane act like Creed (who sound like a cross-pollination of an anemic version of Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Alice in Chains all rolled into one) to reach stateside dominance by filling in the blanks. Hence, it seems fair at this point that a band like Memphis' Dust for Life (Creed's labelmates on Wind-up, ironically enough) would now get a shot at the coveted crown. And much like Verbena's Nirvana karaoke act on Into the Pink, the members of Dust for Life do a competent job of emulating their heroes on their self-titled debut. For example, take a song like "Step Into the Light." The cut manages to nick its main riff directly off Alice in Chains' "Dam That River" (from Dirt) before revisiting any number of Jerry Cantrell guitar riffs during its remaining three minutes or so. The surprising part is that it really isn't half-bad. Moving along, there is the quite memorable "Lifelike," whose intro is a direct rip-off of "Bleed the Freak," but then takes a Black Sabbath direction replete with "spooky" lyrics of the "on dark wings you'll come to me" variety. If "I Don't Mind" veers into heavy Stone Temple Pilots territory, it manages to save itself with a simple, yet effective, chorus. And just when you thought it was all over, the band leans toward heavy acoustic with the Southern rock strains of "Shadow Pool" and the flat-picking tour de force "The End," which sound exactly like — you guessed it — Days of the New. A completely derivative debut, but one that is decently conceived and solidly executed nonetheless.

Customer Reviews

Finally!

It's about time this album hit iTunes.

This is a great album that picks up right where Alice in Chains left us in the 90's.

From start to finish this is a good one to sit and listen to. The only song from this album that hit the radio was "step into the light", so try that one out first. After that "bitten" and "shadowpool" are are the standouts that show Dust for Life's range and songwriting.

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Great Record!

DFL toured extensively with CREED, 3 Doors Down, and Nickelback in 2000-2002. Step Into the Light and Seed were the 2 singles released. If you are a fan of DFL, check out Jason's(guitarist) new band: D.I.E.(Driving Into Eternity) You won't be disappointed. D.I.E. worked with Producer Travis Wyrick(10 Years, p.O.D., pillar, and Copper) this summer on their 5 song EP.

I agree With the other Reviews

This album is quite Essential to the new wave of rock that was gonna hit the mainstream back in the late 90s and early 00s, along with Sinner by Drowning Pool, Finger Eleven's Griest of Blue Skies, Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park, and Deftones' White Pony. Get this album it is great, and I strongly recondmend to get the tracks Poision, Dragonfly (best), and Step Into the Light as starters, best tracks on the album.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tennessee's Dust for Life consists of Jason Hughes, Marc Gurley, Tim Fowler, Todd Scott and Gerard Jones. Their 1999 self-titled debut album introduced the group's brand of driven, melodic, slightly psychedelic hard rock. The period of time after their album release ended up being rather tumultuous, resulting in the departure of Gurley,...
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