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New EP with Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir drummer Nick Barker
Added: 11/17/2005 - Jez Ball

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DUST Records New EP with Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir drummer Nick Barker

Manhattan, NY, November 10, 2005

Dust has just recorded an EP featuring Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) on drums in the U.K. in September, produced by Greg Brimson (Rammstein, Paradise Lost, Metallica) and engineered by Russ Russell (Napalm Death). We expect it will be mastered by John Cornfield, and the tentative release date for the U.S. is Wednesday, January 25th 2006.

Brimson describes the initial album demo as "Pure genius", with Barker adding, "It made all the hairs on my body stand up." Following the month-long recording, Barker confirmed he has joined DUST.

The demo will be available for free download from the band's site at until the date of release.

DUST is artist Jez Ball. The new EP is comprised of 5 beautifully-crafted and melodic songs, and is the result of collaboration with Nick Barker, former drummer of platinum-selling Black Metal bands Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. Produced by Greg Brimson (Rammstein, Paradise Lost, Metallica), DUST breaks new ground in the field of dark guitar music.

DUST was born in London in 1999. The first EP "Superman", was quickly snapped up by UK-based label Copro Records. Dust quickly rose to prominence in the UK metal scene, and various tours followed. "Superman" was well received across Europe, with the UK's Metal Hammer and Italy's Psycho! magazines putting tracks on their covermount CD's. Following extensive club and radio play (including London's largest alternative radio station, XFM), Jez moved to New York to take advantage of the heady international atmosphere and vibrant underground club scene, to find inspiration and further exposure.

With elements reminiscent of NIN, The Cure and Rammstein, DUST pushes the envelope, incorporating elements of Black Metal, Industrial Rock, Nu-Metal and Goth, yet remaining elusively uncategorizable. One of the things which makes this EP truly special are the charismatic and hurt-filled vocals, which are by turns extraordinarily powerful and intimate. There is an incredible depth of field in the soundscaping too, literally making the music come alive. Jez says, "I wanted to include the expressiveness of musical styles outside the normal range of rock/metal, drawing from such diverse sources as Mongolian throat singing and the plainsong of early European music." The EP is a journey into loss and the feelings that accompany it, from rage through despair, hurt, loneliness and ultimately - even if Jez does not admit it - acceptance. "It's about expressing that pain, feeling it, and working through it - instead of burying your head in the sand and giving up, or taking it out on someone else. It's not up to me to tell people how to rebuild their lives, or how to grow. People decide that for themselves - it's what makes you who you are".

Dust's full length album'Anomie' is currently in production with Greg Brimson.

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