Ov Dust brings elements of
dark black metal, death and thrash to the mix this results in some decent
variance from track to track. On the whole it's rather up and down, with some
cool spots, but also some spots that fail to hold your interest.
The vocals are raspier for the most part, but don't have a lot of depth and
power to them. They aren't bringing much to the table. Guitar work fluctuates
dependent on the style, but a lot of it is good. The black metal sections are
reminiscent of Deceased, which is a big plus. They can get pretty heavy when
they slow things down, and "Dreams Turned Rancid" switches things up even
further and goes more in a doom direction. "As the Crow Flies" even gets a
little groovy in the riffing as well. Not every riff flies, but for an album
that kind of lacks a distinct style throughout, that's usually going to happen.
The solos are also hit or miss. The drumming is generally solid throughout.
"Final Act" (ironically named as it's the opening track) is my favorite track
from the album, with an abrasive blackened thrash feel to it. It's probably the
most consistently good track on the album. Others will have a cool section,
followed by a more mediocre one.
While it's not going to blow you away, "Resurrection of an American Heretic" has
a little something for everybody (unless you like Hammerfall) and will pique the
interest of those who are looking for something a bit darker with more of an old
school feel to it.