“We’d love to be plugging PRS guitars into Mesa/Boogie amps, but for now it’s an old, worn-out Gibson Les Paul Studio”: Return to Dust’s brand of grunge metal has millions of views on TikTok. Now they face the challenges of entering the real world

Return to Dust perform live
(Image credit: Matt Akana)

With sounds reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots at their ‘90s height, and a festival billing alongside Slipknot, Judas Priest and Pantera, Return to Dust gave come out of the gate undeniably hot.

If you aren’t one of the millions who caught the vibe via TikTok, have a listen to The Black Road EP, featuring twin-guitar attack-led cuts like Belly Up – you’ll find yourself invigorated by the return-to-grunge sonic assault.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.