Readers Sound Off: Ov Dust

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Sometimes our readers send us their music and sometimes we want to talk about it! Today we’re listening to Ov Dust.

Based out of New York state, Ov Dust have been creating raw thrashy metal since 2008. Their latest album Crushing the American Christ will make you feel grimy in a very good way. My favorite track is “Scourge of the Unwashed” – I highly recommend you check it out.

I had a chance to ask a few questions of Ov Dust drummer Dario Sixsix. Listen to Crushing the American Christ and read the interview below.

 


Who are some of your influences? Who is the most exciting current band in metal? 
Our personal influences are very wide. I mentioned a few non-metal influences above and metal wise they run the gamut. We like bands from most every metal genre: thrash/power/death/melodic/black and every sub-genre within. Generally our influences overlap greatly, altho we do have different preferences.  D. prefers Cradle of Filth and Children of Bodom, while I prefer Darkthrone and Wolves In The Throne Room. You can hear bits of our personal influences here and there on the records, but as a whole the band is more of a blend of relentless thrash like Kreator and the heavy moodiness of Triptykon. But again, we dont try to sound like anyone in particular. When we write, we will jam on an idea (even the most well formed ones coming into the room) for a while and let it morph into whatever it becomes, which ultimately is Ov Dust.

As for current bands? Man, there are so many good bands out there. I’ve heard a few new ones I really like right on The Toilet: Tempel, Hexer, Emptiness. I’ve also really been into Vhol and Deafheaven recently.  There’s a couple bands from western NY that are outstanding as well: Cain, Vile Tyrant, and of course Enthauptung, who really impress me as a band that hits its mark perfectly.

 

Your latest record “Crushing the American Christ” was recorded and engineered by NYHC legend Don Fury. I can hear similarities in the recording to some of Don’s classic material like “New York Crew” by Judge. This is definitely a metal record but are you influenced by hardcore? 
That’s a very interesting question and not as easy as you’d expect to answer! First off Don Fury: He is absolutely a NYHC legend, being one of the pioneers of the scene, recording and producing all those classic records and bands. It’s astounding to see the catalog of records he has been involved with and to walk into his place and see some of the posters/artwork/records he has produced over the years. Of course, he is also really down to earth and cool to talk to. He doesn’t act at all like the legend he is. He’s a class act and great producer to work with. What a lot of people don’t know is he also has a huge volume of work outside of NYHC as well. Rock/Alternative/punk/etc etc etc. Even bands like Warriorsoul have worked with Don. He has a well rounded resume. The one constant in Don, and the main reason we work with him, is he has an ability to hear what a band should sound like; what sound you, as the musician, are looking for. He can hear it and he works to get you there, and be the best that you can be while doing it. You can hear his influence across all his records, but none of his records sound alike. The drum sounds, guitar/bass sounds, vox, they all have their own characteristics. One of the things that was important for us was for OV DUST to sound like OV DUST. We all work hard to develop our individual and unique voices through our instruments, and Don hears it and very effectively captures that aspect.  In the past we’ve worked with producers that will try to craft your sound into THEIR sound, and as a result every record of theirs sounds the same. It was really important for us NOT to do that. Also, Don’s studio is old skool. He doesn’t do a lot of over-producing. There is no Pro Tools, grid mapping, excessive compression, click tracks, overdubs, or any of that. It’s very much a raw, analog-esqe recording experience. Obviously metal is a very, very wide genre and those techniques work for a lot of bands playing different styles, but for us, we strive for a balance between the stripped down, raw, *necro* type sound and clear sharp instrumentation, and there’s no one better than Don for that.

Which leads us to the question of hardcore influence. D. is def a huge fan of NYHC. He loves all those bands: Sheer Terror, Sick of It All, etc etc etc. I myself am not such a big fan of that type of hardcore, but I do like a lot of older crossover hardcore: D.R.I., C.O.C., Cryptic Slaughter, etc. That said, D and I don’t explicitly try to bring any of those influences into our music.  When we write, we really just write what feels the best. The only broad direction we strive for is a blackish/thrash blend. But it is a wide target and we dont try to mold anything we do into any particular narrow path. From time to time you can hear different influences here and there, but it’s more of an organic effect, rather than intentional insertion.



How did the band get started?
Ov Dust was formed by guitarist D. Von Staub and myself in winter of 2008. He had approached me about playing some drum tracks on a solo project he was working on. At the time I was just starting a Celtic Frost tribute band (just for some fun/nostalgia and def provoked by the release of the awesome Monotheist album) with another guitarist from the remnants of a former band that had just dissolved. I brought D. in and we shifted away from covers and started writing new material as Ov Dust, which was the name of D’s solo project. We never did work on or record any of the original demos he had, although we continue to play Dethroned Emperor (which we also recorded) as part of our live set.

We went on to record a 3 song demo as a three piece with D. and the second guitarist sharing vocals and bass duties in the studio. Shortly thereafter we attempted to bring in a couple friends to round out a live lineup and played a handful of shows before D. and I realized we were not moving in the direction we wanted. At this point we decided to excuse the rest of the guys and continue on ourselves, at the time content to proceed as a studio project. We had a good portion of material written for a full length at this point, so we finished writing (and rewriting) the rest of the material we had and went in and recorded our debut full length Resurrection of an American Heretic, with D. taking on all guitars, bass, and vocals on the record. It was recorded in a local studio, Overit Studios, produced by myself and ultimately mastered By Don Fury.

After the record came out, we started to get the itch to play live, but knew it was going to be difficult to find guys that would fit with what we wanted to do. We had tried a few unknown metal bass players in the past and they just didn’t understand us or our approach, so we looked at other options.  We both knew Jason Jette from the local music scene (I had also played with him briefly in art/prog rock band Sunset Aside)  and while he was not a *traditional* metal bass player, we thought he would bring the type of bass sound and presence we wanted.  He was the first addition to the band and we rehearsed a short two months and played a couple shows as a 3 piece. His gritty, thick bass really worked for the direction we wanted.

In the studio D.’s vox were everything we wanted, but live we felt we could use a bit more; a focal point and front man to ‘lead the charge’, so to speak. Ndru is yet another guy we knew from the local *music* scene, as opposed to the local *metal* scene, and seemed like an obvious, and really only, choice. Ndru fronts the industrial project Doomsday Virus and having seen them live we knew he could scream like a banshee and was an engaging performer on stage. Initially he was a bit reluctant, figuring we were ‘just a standard metal band’, but soon changed his mind after listening to the ROAAH record and realizing we were shooting for something different. He came on and after a few short months we recorded the two song EP Stir Ov Echoes at Don Fury Studio.

A few months later we refocused and started about writing what would become Crushing The American Christ, which was released last fall and brings us to where we are today: Playing shows when we can and trying to get the word out.

What message would you like to get out to listeners? 
As a whole, Ov Dust doesn’t have a singular message or meaning. The band fulfills different purposes for each of us as players, and I’d suspect the same goes for anyone bothering to listen to us. We play music we enjoy and hopefully other people do as well, whatever they may get from it. 

I will say that as the main lyricist for the band, I do have a lot to say and my lyrics reflect many of my attitudes and thoughts on various topics, but I attempt to write in such a way that song meanings are somewhat implied, letting the listener make their own interpretations of what they might be. Rather than lecturing, I prefer to write from a more provocative standpoint with the hopes of eliciting some type of reaction from people. It seems today too many people have grown complacent and compliant and I would like to see them rise up and revolt more often, against whatever oppressive factors might be quashing them. I draw a lot of inspiration from a (non-metal) band like Atari Teenage Riot, with their ability to provoke a response and energize listeners. I leverage a lot of their style when writing lyrics for Ov Dust, utilizing calls to action and militaristic cadences, for instance.

That said, the definitive meanings and ideas are in plain sight for anyone that wants to hear them. I write for the like-minded, not to produce converts. I’ve never liked bands that preach, so we try to avoid that, while still having some substance to our songs. Of course, it’s the metal that matters the most and hopefully people will like what they hear.

Ov Dust is on Facebook and Bandcamp. 

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  • Death

    When is this site going to get it’s first hater?

    • Oh we have one.

      • Death

        Who? I have missed that one.

        • Christian Molenaar

          His name’s Frances, but he doesn’t come around here. Too busy getting rolled by the coal.

          • Death

            Well, thank you for informing me good sir.

          • Coal roller, metal roller,
            I am a heavy metal roller,
            Fuck your petrol and your EPA,
            I roll over Prius’s everyday.

            GL

            *I am trying to work these lyrics into a grindcore song, trick is that I have never written a grindcore song before…*

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

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          • Death

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        • Mother Shabubu III

          AxlVince RosenbergNeilstein.

          • Death

            But they don’t acknowledge this site that well.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            No, but this site has been taking away views and business from them.

          • I don’t think TOH has hurt MS in any significant way – we’re just too small. I’m glad that we have every reader that we do though.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            there is significant butthurt

          • This is true.

          • KJM

            Oh, the butthurt is strong with one poster I’ve been toying with recently.

          • I’m just gonna assume that is our friend Frances. He is doomed to eternal butt frustration.

          • Irritation of the leather Cheerio.

          • KJM

            Whoever it is posts under a different name each time they respond.

          • to paraphrase @dario_argento:disqus, “anonybitches”

          • i think the butthurt is from others. i don’t think vince and axl give a shit. it is cool that Vince has been here and commented a few times though!

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        only one?

    • I hate this worthless turd of a site.
      Sir Death, can you get me into contact with Escher? I want to create a Möbius toilet that will flush eternally.

      ∞/∞ Flushes.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I salute your flaccid penis and raise my own in approval of your eternal toilet.

        • I just got the image of a bunch of knights touching the tips of their penises together like a sports team’s pregame huddle. So glorious.

          • Death

            That is a beautiful sight.

          • W.

            That sounds like a frat initiation.

          • “It’s not gay, man. Just touch tips…just for a couple seconds…and then rub them together…then start slug wrestling…oh it feels so good”

          • W.

            Hey, you leave slug wrasslin’ out of this. It’s a beautiful, fully-clothed sport.

          • They’re still fully clothed, they just pull their penises through the hole. They’re not animals, Dubya.

          • W.

            I’m not sure why, but I’ve noticed most frat dudes go full belt-unbuckled, top pants button undone when using the urinal. Don’t ask why I’ve noticed.

          • Death

            It’s not gay if the balls don’t touch.

      • Death

        Escher said that he doesn’t like flaccid penises. I’m sorry, I tried.

    • there’s a couple on MS. they hate this site because……… they don’t like friendship maybe?
      (have you joined the Reason Honor & Respect Crew yet?)

      • Death

        What crew?

        • it’s the FB group for all us turds. it’s a closed group, just ask @joethrashnkill:disqus for an invite

          • Death

            I don’t have a facebook thingy. I have always been too much of a misanthrope to get one.

          • good man.
            LONG LIVE THE MISANTHROPE!!!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            You’re have the honor of being # 1 commentor on FFB too man. We need to go there once in a while on reconnasaince missions just to see what the score is. RA666 is trolling the waters heavily as well as sadistik, i have not heard much from hester K though. I put down a few troll lines to see what i catch.
            There are three kinds of trolls i use.
            1. the intelligent troll – ie – there would be no shitty core bands today if crossover never happened. A blanket statement that will sometimes start a discussion.
            2. The classic troll – machine head, some of the new core bands are nu metal. I have started calling anything i don’t like nu metal.
            3. The lazy troll – so and so sucks cock or something pedestrian like that. (not effective or interesting) – Not worth using except under extreme circumstances.
            I also as you know stand by the first blood rule which i adopted from the great stallone movie of the same name. I put down my comments and direct them at no one. I just want to walk through the blog and get a bite to eat like stallone does. But if someone hassles me like the sherrif did in the movie i am burning the whole town to the ground.

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            You got me with your #2, I didn’t realize you had a whole system going on here. RA666’s post on that Slipknot article was up there with the best he’s ever done though, that was just glorious. Also that pic made me think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVqOgklHhF0

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            hahahha, yea, that RA post was really in depth and thought out, top stuff, he ( or she) isn’t a legendary troll for nothing. I don’t know if you were ever on the original blabbermouth but RA went through a trial of fire on there, told to fuck off a thousand times but never stopped, it has been quite a ride to witness the legacy of RA666. I was just thinking of a couple of my favorite tim and eric skits. The one where eric takes those pills to make him sleep for 2 weeks because he can’t wait for tim’s birthday, hahahah, and then XAN has to teach him to talk & think again. That just killed me, then james quall is telling those shitty jokes at the birthday party and eric is sitting there like a vegetable and everyone is just killing themselves laughing.
            The greene machine, with all tairy greenes programs in one place. Little dancin man, then little danson man. I never get sick of repeats of T & E or tom goes to the mayor either.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I was just on the failures for blogs site and someone posted a link to ultimate-guitar.com and it appears our friend plaigarized the whole comment word for word, kind of dissapointing to say the least.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            STFU on public boards about things

          • Scrimm

            I never got invited:(

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            Did you make it in? If not find lamentationsof thewomen on fb and he will guide you in

          • Scrimm

            I’ll try that thanks.

    • W.

      Oh man. The first one came out at the end of high school. It was really brutal.

      Edit: Oof, thought you said movie. I need to find SH3 and play it.

      • I saw the words Guillermo Del Toro and thought movie. The SH movies were not half bad!

        • W.

          The second one didn’t really stick with me, but I liked the first one. Plus, Pyramid Head is an unflushable monster.

          • My girl’s bf is terrified of Pyramid Head. I really want to make a PH plushie for her.

          • Gorgasm

            With young girl skin ripping abilities!!

          • Tyree

            Biggest Titty Twister ever!

          • Tyree
          • Gorgasm

            I swear this scene is what MADE that movie.

            Love how PH throws the skin at the door after he rips it off.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, no need for flesh just pain and death. I like the end scene with the Razor Wire deaths as well.

          • That was the bit that made it for me. Br00tal

          • Tyree

            When Christabella got razor wire raped to death by Alessa I was like, Whaaaaat!?! That has to sting.

          • it was a great scene; but i’m more partial to the grey children reveal. it was almost scene-for-scene with the game. okay, those two scenes are tied.

          • W.
          • Tyree

            Exactly.

          • W.

            Aren’t you your gf’s bf? This blog just got real meta.

          • I meant to type BFF! Edited.

          • W.

            Now I just look like a crazy person. I’ll allow it.

          • Stockhausen

            W, he clearly typed BFF. What on earth is wrong with you.

          • Scrimm

            I loved all of them except for that shit fest for the Wii.

      • Tyree

        That movie is awesome. Some freaky shit going on in that town.

      • This is a good headline

      • The Black Dahlia Burger

        “The limited edition [of Silent Hills] will probably include a pair of trousers.” thank you based kojima. Have you played P.T. yet though? Holy fuck, it’s like Outlast’s big brother

        • Just downloaded it last night, will be playing it after work today. A friend of mine kept telling me about it and about how incredibly scary it is, so I’m hyped. Outlast scared the living fuck outta me so Silent Hills is probably just going to make my heart stop.

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            It’s psychological horror at its finest. The entire thing takes place in one hallway, but you go through it like a hundred times, with a slight variation each time. It’s like the perfect descent into insanity, like Silent Hill should be.

    • Death

      I don’t like. I get scared so fucking easily. I had to go to therapy as a child because I was afraid to go into our house when alone.

      • Stockhausen

        Where does a young Death live?

        • Death

          In Finland. ‘Tis a depressing place, no wonder death lives here.

      • you would hate Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
        that shit will make a boy out of a man.

        • Death

          I fucking know that game. I’m not going near that thing.

    • Xan

      Fuck yeah!

    • Occams_Razor_Ramon

      Anything with Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima has my interest. Norman Reedus can fuck right off, though

      • Negrodamus

        Why the Norman Reedus hate, Ramon?

        • Occams_Razor_Ramon

          He’s just one of those guys who caught fire for no particular reason that I can discern. He’s an okay actor, but not great, yet everyone acts like he’s the second coming. I just don’t get it. It probably doesn’t help that I think Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead are incredibly overrated.

    • my body will never be ready. but i shall play anywayz.

    • Scrimm

      You just made my year. My favorite game series ever.

    • P-ST0LER0

      I was reading about this last night on flipboard…, sounds like it’s going to be full of great, magical darkness. I can’t wait… PS4 this. And I’ll go as far as saying this band sort of reminds of Kreator at times and once in a while I hear a little Cryptic Slaughter in there, a bit thrash-ee and speed-ee, it’s actually pretty good.

  • W.

    Great write-up Papa Joe. I’ve heard good things about these guys.

  • Gorgasm

    I just found a leaked version of Yob’s new album…..I downloaded it

    ….I feel so guilty

    -_-

    At least I’ve already pre-ordered it.

    • Death

      Damn pirate. I’ll sink your ship.

      • Gorgasm

        I deserve that.

        • Death

          And after that, I’ll steal your treasures. It includes the new Yob album.

    • W.

      Boo!

      • Gorgasm

        I know, I know…….

      • Death

        Aaah! I got scared.

  • Gorgasm

    Awesome Interview!

    These guys fucking tear shit up.
    This jams make me want to tear my arms off and beat people with my dismembered arms using my teeth to hold the arms.

  • Warheart

    What about the other Christs?

    • Death

      The pig christ can be turned to bacon.

      • Warheart

        I don’t think that could be edible.

        • Death

          I disagree

    • As a US-centric blog we don’t acknowledge them. USA! USA!

      • Death

        Damn nationalists. This how the nazis were made!

      • Warheart

        Not fair man, you just let the rest of the world to such hard luck.

    • Justin von Grav

      The “American Christ” is a particularly horrid beast. Go to Arkansas or Florida ect. Evangelists, westboro ect.

  • crazytaco_12

    I know this ain’t everybody’s fav on toh, but for those interested, new ROS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQYWC9ezebw&feature=youtu.be

    • There are a lot of things going on here.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      I hate their guitarist. He is an asshole who when I saw Rings of Saturn insulted me for wearing a Golden Earring shirt, calling them an old person band. I also hate Lance Storn with the fury of 10,001 suns. He’s just such a hateable person for the Impact Players stable in ECW, the Team Canada stable in WCW and basically his existence.

    • Randall Thor

      Thanks, I need to listen once so I can formulate more arguments for why I hate this band

    • Justin von Grav

      my non-existent god, they make winds of plague listenable…..

      • The Black Dahlia Burger

        It sounds like a poor man’s Trevor Strnad

    • Fromwisdomtohate29

      I was going to say that I feel immensely bad for Jesse Beahler for wasting his talents on this crappy band, but then I read on Metal Archives that he isn’t even in the band anymore.

      Man can’t this band keep members for more than a year?

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    not to bring anyone down but i was up all night seething with rage about that fucking cocksucker war machine. Even more disturbing was the comments made on christy mack’s facebook and twitter. People ( if you can call them that) saying she deserved it. These commentors are made up of these groups. And they are all pieces of shit.
    1. Jealous women
    1. Guys who secretly watch porn but think the girls are no better than animals
    3. Guys who are pissed off because a girl that good looking would never go out with them.
    War machine (hahahhhahah), what kind of warrior lays a hand on a woman ? If he wants to fight throw him in the clink, but i bet the inmates would treat him like a conquering hero. Hopefully some bikers will catch him and put him six feet down in the earth after lighting him on fire. A quick bullet to the head would also suffice. Open letter to the police, stop killing young african american men and start shooting guys like war machine. Oh, but they are scared of him, pussy cop cocksuckers. As UDO puts so eloquently “let’s plug a bomb in everone’s arse” (that deserves it)
    Also the words of dickinson come to mind ( the evil that men goes on and on)
    They say pornography is obscene, NO, what happened to this girl is obscene.
    End of sermon from the Priests of CROM.

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      Lol, so what did you think of this ov Dust?

      • RuIN?

        Right?

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      I am too seething with rage about that dead man named War Machine. I want him and all the people that say that she deserved it to be executed in a firing squad led by me. The last person to die will be War Machine who I won’t shoot but I will chop his dick off, then all his limbs, then his head. His death is required.

    • Kevin Nash’s Powerbomb

      Conan, I see what’s going down on MS and I think it’s time we all do something about this. This is harassment what they’re doing to you and not only you but all of us. We don’t have to take what they are doing. It’s time we fight fire with fire.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        man, i have been through far worse trials of fire at the old blabbermouth which i always won, although it eventually got me banned. It’s some really weak trolling going on overall and i’ll be damned if i can really figure out who is doing it.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          The article Axl wrote with a picture of 9/11 is pretty fucking unforgivable though. His trolls he hired are going to join him in hell someday.

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      Conan do you have a facebook?

  • Justin von Grav

    this is pretty cool. me likes. bang your head an such

  • Scrimm

    Fuck fuck fuck I hate the recording studio.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Liking this, nice sorta fist pumping hardcore uplift meeting razorface thrash.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I believe that the only way to stop War Machine is to murder the man. He’s never going to stop doing what he’s doing until someone slaughters him like the animal he is. I also hope that Christy gets better and that she finds someone better than that soon to be murder victim War Machine. He shouldn’t get sent to jail, he should be publicly slaughtered for his crimes and maybe that would teach men not to abuse women. I like Christy, I consider her attractive and yes, I do watch her stuff sometimes. There’s no excuse for saying she deserved it. She did not deserve what happened to her. I hope someone drags War Machine into the streets, chops hid dick off with a dull butter knife, chops his arms and legs off with a dull machete and chops his head off with a dull katana before they shoot his disembodied head with a shotgun and shoot what’s left of his body into oblivion so what’s left is a blood puddle.

  • This band is great. Solid fact.