Fact Is Purpose: Dunsmuir Reviewed

Dunsmuir have unearthed gold on their mysterious island by delivering a tale worthy of both Weird Tales and Heavy Metal Magazine. Their self titled debut is a Rock ‘n Roll romp through woe, deceit, sirens, cannibals, old gods and ancient mysteries.

First and foremost, Dunsmuir is what some would call a supergroup. And while that is a nasty word around these parts, Dunsmuir have gathered the ingredients for a truly monumental album which will surely be welcome to any fan of Rock ‘n Roll and early Heavy Metal.

Ingredient #1: The Elder


Vinny Appice is a name well-known in the realm of Heavy Metal and Rock. His resume is an extensive one, but he is best known for his work in Black Sabbath and Dio. Appice’s drumming is solid, traditional, driving and a force of nature. He captures the wild beat, tames it, makes it his own and allows for a brooding ferociousness to leap out when needed. Throughout this record he displays a true professionalism that comes with age and wisdom, not asking to be the center of attention (something many men of his posture could and do ask for) but wanting to push this band as its own entity. “Our Only Master” is Appice’s standout track, in which his signature snare crack and well calculated drum fills drive the point home.

Ingredient #2: The Backbone


Brad Davis, precision thumper of Fu Manchu, is the glue that binds this album together. His style is nestled in the valley between too great Hills, Dusty and Ian. By combing the bluesy swagger of ZZ Top‘s bearded bassman and the precision of Judas Priest long time low-ender, Davis keeps the bass right where it needs to be and executes his duty with punctuality and finesse. “Church of the Tooth” represents Davis’s ability to lead a song; however, his slow and heavy bass riffs stand tall and, as is already known, solidifies him as one of the greats.

Ingredient #3: The Axeman


Dave Bone is perhaps the most unknown member of the band, his only prior recordings being The Company Band with fellow Dunsmuirian, Neil Fallon. Bone does an outstanding job of differentiating the two bands, by utilizing a more aggressive musical and tonal style on this album. His guitar sits front and center with a thick, crunchy, overdriven sizzle while moments of Scott Gorham, Glenn Tipton, Tony Iommi and  Dave Chandler peek through, resulting in a solid, blues-driven Heavy Metal atmosphere. Some of Bone’s most creative lead melodies occur throughout “The Gate” in which he displays his competence as an axe wielder.

Ingredient #4: The Wordsmith


Neil Fallon is a thinking man’s lyricist and one heck of a front man. It is evident throughout his extensive discography with Clutch that he has no problem telling weird and uncanny tales, and with Dunsmuir he does just that. With his vigorous and energetic storytelling abilities, Fallon unfolds a Phil Lynott approved story depicting a shipwrecked 19th century scientific expedition and the fantastical wonders they behold. Of course, the lyrics would be meaningless if he didn’t have the vocals to back up his Lovecarftian tale, but Fallon delivers with ease. The final track “Crawling Chaos” is perhaps Fallon’s most brilliant performance, utilizing double track vocals to produce an eerie mood while he exclaims “the old ones have awoken, thoroughly unhinged and unhappy with us all.”

Collectively this band worked together to bring us a no frills, Heavy Rock ‘n Roll album, and I can’t complain one bit about it. Rather than sounding like any of the four members’ previous bands, Dunsmuir creates a sound that is completely their own and deserve to be seen as such. Lyrically and musically Dunsmuir blows me away with each listen. It gets progressively better each time and creates an awe-inspiring piece of art. This is music that the world needs, music that people can delve into and get lost in. Music that can get you thinking about the mysteries hidden away in the deepest corners of our world,  what actions can be made to unearth them and what repercussions can be expected when the time comes. I rate this album:

4 out of 4 ancient molten heads


Dunsmuir is set for release July 22nd as a limited vinyl run of 1000 pieces that will include a signed 11×17 lithograph of the album cover. Click here to pre-order the album and pick up some of the band’s limited 7″s. Not a physical collector? Dunsmuir will be released exclusively via iTunes the same day. Give the band a like here, give the band a follow here and here, give the band your money here.

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Published on: July 19, 2016

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  • Eliza

    I love this band’s approach to the classic metal sound. I need more.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I’m glad you dig it Eliza!

  • Dubbbz

    I really enjoyed this review, Boss. Tune is pretty rockin’ too.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you, the style was a little different than normal, but hey, i think it turned out alright.

  • The system of acquiring knowledge through use of the scientific method — that is, generating hypotheses and theories through observation and testing IS OUR ONLY MASTER

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Howard Dean

    The song you linked kicks major ass. I’ve spent a lot of the last year listening to traditional heavy metal and hard rock, and this is some good stuff. A definite Slough Feg vibe (musically and lyrically and sans Scalzi’s signature voice), which is never a bad thing in my book. I wish they were releasing this on CD.

    • Dubbbz

      I certainly will not be picking it up on iTunes.

      • Howard Dean

        Yeah, their options for purchase kind of suck.

        • KozmoNaut

          I hope they come to their senses and open a Bandcamp store.

          • Well, Unique Leader finally got around to it at some point, maybe these guys will too.

          • KozmoNaut

            I hope so. Ordering the LP from the US is going to be so fucking expensive 🙁

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Yeah, the itunes thing kinda upset me. Bandcamp would’ve been perfect

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Also, I’m glad you enjoy the song, the album is pretty solid and if you liked that you will most certainly enjoy the rest.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa
      • Howard Dean


        I dunno about preordering a digital album for $9, since digital albums are not in a finite quantity like a CD or cassette and this seems like a way for the band to hold the public’s cash in the absence of a real product (muh cash flows). But having a bandcamp is a positive development!

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I agree with you, but Friday it should go up and you can at least give it a listen in full with no charge.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    clutch part 2?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Kinda sorta not really. Elements are there, but Clutch isn’t going away. As much as I would love to hear another Dunsmuir album, it might not happen. We shall see though!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I’d rather see another Dunsmuir than another Clutch.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Karhu PLZ!!!

          You do like it though?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Better than Clutch, let’s leave it at that.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Fair enough!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Shit, now I just want to hang out at a dive bar and listen to this. Good find, Boss.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Perfect jams for it, too. I would gladly indulge in a few pints with you man.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        We can talk photography like a bunch of nerds

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I would like nothing more

  • Nice write up Ross! This sounds like a heavier version of Clutch. Interested in hearing the rest.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Mr. Deuce, they definitely have a more straight-forward approach with a heavier chunk to them. The album has heavier tracks than Our Only Master, so check it out if you get the chance. And report back!

  • Wowowowowowow. This is very good and a good review too, super Boss!!!

    It reminds me of old Spiritual Beggars vibes too 😉 😉 😉

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thanks Link!
      They share the same roots, so it makes sense!!!

  • one of the coolest reviews ever written. kudos Bossthe Ross!!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Well, I don’t know about all that. Thank you so much though!!

  • Waynecro

    Super-duper review, Bossbro. Thanks oodles!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Mr. President!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Yep, I totally misspelled Lovecraftian.

  • D. Lee

    Great review, Boss! Look forward to checking this out. I have a strong feeling, as with any previous Clutch/ Neil Fallon related projects, that this will be my go to drinking/feel good album of the summer.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I have a strong feeling that you are right!

  • Hans Müller

    Not sure since when, but it’s up for pre-order on bandcamp:

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    They could have just released this under the Clutch name. There is nothing different about this and actual Clutch albums.