Ov Dust
Resurrection of an American Heretic
Style: Blackened Thrash, Death
Release date: 1 February, 2011
Playing time: 54:10

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.


01. Final Act
The Eternal Return
As the Crow Flies
Duality of Light
King Rat: Affirmation of the Ignoble
LXVI: Matanza de Tiburon
Black Decay
Dreams Turned Rancid
Dethroned Emperor

Label: American Black Metal Records
Artwork rating: 64/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 24 February, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/ovdust