CHUCK DUKOWSKI SEXTET - Haunted

Haunted FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 22.05.2012
RECORD COMPANY: ORG Music
 
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LINE UP:
Lora Norton - voce
Milo Gonzalez- chitara
Chuck Dukowski - bas
Ashton Slater- tobe
TRACKLIST:

01. Haunted02. Alchemists of Poison03. Nothing Left04. Lullabye05. All is One06. Sweet Chariot07. Slow Bullet08. Cry My Love09. A Thing

Chuck Dukowski Sextet is a family business, if I may say so. For anyone who doesn’t know who Chuck Dukowski is and what he has done so far, I’ll do a brief recap: founding member of legendary hardcore punk band Black Flag, then its manager. Why is Chuck Dukowski Sextet a family business? Well, on vocals we have Chuck’s wife, Lora Norton, while on the guitar Milo Gonzalez, his son. A kind of Manson family, in a good way, or a Kelly Family in a bad way, depending on your angle, if you want to think of it this way.

 

The band has released two other albums, Eat My Life (2006) - recorded in the studio of Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Reverse the Polarity, one year later. Enough introduction, I’d say we take a look at this material.

 

Titled Haunted, the record is not, as many would expect, hardcore punk or punk rock - but rather has serious references to an area between seventies’ rock and psychedelic rock in the vein of Jefferson Airplane. A lot of Hawkwind, some MC5, a pinch of The Stooges and lots and lots of avant-gardism.

The first song is the title track: Haunted. Tranquil at first, then psychedelic and experimental, then energetic at the end. A song growing slowly but surely.

The second is Alchemists of Poison. In addition to all influences, now we get an instrumental dose of technical death metal. In places I could swear that the late Chuck Schuldiner would come out and say a few words, but Lora Norton reminds us that this is no Death, and there’s no place for death metal.

On the third song, Nothing Left, we are carried onto distorted and psychedelic realms. Again a big plus for Lora and the emotion she gives out with her vocal parts.

On All is One we float just a bit longer in space and acid rock. If I had heard this song without knowing when it was released, I would have bet that it was some lost gem from the 70s.

The same goes for Sweet Chariot and Slow Bullet, number 6 and 7, respectively.

Cry My Love has a proto-heavy metal guitar play. Beautiful, melodic and heavy. Simple drum beat, just enough to keep the rhythm for Lora’s voice and Milo’s guitar.

And here we are at song number 9, A Thing. As the title says, it is a thing, but not any thing, it is a nice psychedelic thing, well anchored in space rock, almost 9 minutes long.

 

To end, if you are fans of 70s music and like dark themes, you will love this record. If you are looking for details, perfect technique, originality and crystal-clear sound, you might want to look elsewhere than in the offerings of Chuck Dukowski and his band.


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