Dirt Merchant - Devil’s Orders
Heavy rockers Dirt Merchant released a new album recently called Devil’s Orders, and it shocks and awes with its stoner sludginess. Recorded by Pedro Aida at Audio Verite (”I hear the truth” in Latin but that’s prob not what he means), the album rips through five tracks of evil debauchery. The three piece brings to mind Pantera or Rob Zombie, Nirvana (esp on “Rotting Dog” which reminds me of “Breed”) and other grunge-centric heavy hitters. Everything comes back to sounding nasty, from the guitar licks to the song titles (e.g., Rotting Dog").
Guitarist/vocalist Jason Kusterer channels his innermost demons to sound like a mountain man from hell. Check out his bluesy wails on “Home” which will simultaneously render your nightmares impotent and take the place as scariness personified. “Longpig” is a reference to cannibalism and now I’m remembering the 90s’ Longpigs a bit differently.
Catch Dirt Merchant (I think) on 6/28 @ The Camel w/ Melt and other TBA.