Dust Bolt

Dust Bolt are back with their fourth full-length album “Trapped in Chaos”, three years after “Mass Confusion”. Grande Rock caught up with Lenny Bruce (vocals, guitars) and talked about everything regarding the new album and the new and old thrash metal generation among other things…
Dust Bolt band pic
Hi Lenny, “Trapped in Chaos” was released 3 years after your previous album “Mass Confusion’. What happened in the meantime? Did you intentionally take more time to work on the album?
L: I don’t think 3 years is a long time between two albums, I mean you can never really adapt your creativity on certain time frames, you got to do what the music tells you to do. Sometimes this might take longer, sometimes it’ll happen faster. We are all in our middle twenties right now and already released 4 full length albums and 1 EP, I think that’s fair enough?!
What does the album title “Trapped in Chaos” declare?
L: It declares whatever people think it does. I think everybody, or at least some of us, will have or had a moment in their lives where they felt like they were trapped in chaos. I did when we wrote that record. And the chaos can be differently for each and every person. On the artwork you see something like an eye, which kind of refers to the personal chaos, the one inside your head. The inside everyone’s head. At the same time it looks like a deep dark hole leading you into the universe, into the state of chaos. That’s life basically, isn’t it? Haha… Suddenly you get thrown into it and “here we go”.
Do you think that “Trapped in Chaos” is your heavier and darker album to date?
L: Yes I do. To be honest I didn’t listen to the previous album in a long time. I even haven’t really listened to “Trapped in Chaos” since we finished the mix in the studio. I spin it on vinyl once to make sure it really sounds good, but that’s it. When the work is done, it’s done. That’s how I deal with it. Then it’s time to go out and play live and see what happens.
What are the differences and the similarities among the new album and your previous ones?
L: Well I feel that “Mass Confusion” was a little bit more punky and hardcore influenced but at the same time really really fast and packed with details. On “Trapped in Chaos” it’s all about the riffs and the groove.
Do give us a hint for each track…
L: “The Fourth Strike”: First song that was written for that fourth album. Kind of sums up what happens on this record.
“Dead Inside”: Until then something untypically for Dust Bolt, but definitely one of my favourites.
“The Bad Ad”: Might be my favourite song lyricwise.
“Bloody Rain”: Flo wrote that. Sick song and I put some melodic vocals onto it!
“Rhythm to My Madness”: Definitely my favourite song. In my heart I feel like a drummer. Having Nico playing this one makes me really happy.
“Shed My Skin”: I love that riff.
“Killing Time”: Another Flo song! Killer thrasher!
“Trapped in Chaos”: Brutal one. One of the main riffs is stolen from our own demotape.
“Another Day in Hell”: It is what it is and I’m proud I had the balls to put that on a Dust Bolt record.
How would you characterize “Trapped in Chaos” and what are your expectations from the new album?
L: Riffs Groove Heaviness & Blues. And Riffs Groove Heaviness & Blues!
What are the band’s future plans?
L: Touring! We definitely wanna go out and play now. We’ll see when inspiration strikes and new stuff will be written. But I wanna be patient with the next one.
You have released all your full-length albums via Napalm Records. Do you plan to continue working with Napalm in the future too?
L: Good question.
What do you think about some old great thrash metal bands that have made a return in the last few years?
L: They are too old.
Do you think that thrash metal music is becoming strong and known again after the 80s when it grew huge?
L: Not sure really. I think we need to rearrange the term Thrash Metal, or Metal in general. It’s becoming an old ass lame thing in many parts right now because it’s dominated by nostalgia and themes that aren’t relevant for the kids these days. If you print a 70 year old guy on the cover page over and over again and you still wonder why people buying it, then you got it all wrong man. Let’s make it more dangerous, more creative, more insane again. No limits. Let’s break the rules.
Time for our Weird Questions!!! How did you come up with the name Dust Bolt initially?
L: You know, we were 14 or 15 when we choose the band name. I don’t really remember exactly but I do remember a full moon and too much pot.
Fill in the phrase… “Thrash Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
L: Punk…
Which are the 3 Thrash Metal albums that have defined the whole genre?
L: “Kill em All”, “Reign in Blood” and “Bonded by Blood”.
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in metal history?
L: Ronnie James Dio. No one else.
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
L: The” black album”. Why not?!
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
L: Don’t want to sound nostalgic myself haha but I’d choose the 70ies probably. And be part of all that came from there on. That would be sick! But generally I think forwards ever, backwards never.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
L: Any version of “The Thrill is Gone” by BB King.
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife/life partner is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
L: Hmm… then it’s too late anyway, right? Probably marry her? That’d be unexpected and funny!
That’s all for now dude! Thank you very much for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Thx for the music too… take care!
L: Let’s all quit our jobs and listen to music! Thanks for your time and I hope to see all the readers soon to break some rules together!