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Bones: Bones
Crust Punk, Death Metal
Planet Metal
May 2nd, 2011
Release length: 35:17
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Bones is a Chicago, Illinois based group that takes the more modern Death Metal style back to show it its own roots. This three-piece takes that style and mixes it with a strong Crust Punk sound gives off an early, old-school vibe to the Death Metal, all the while retaining that current sound that feels brutal for today’s standards. The group officially signed to Planet Metal, and shortly after that, their debut full-length Bones hit store shelves everywhere. But does this group’s sound really hold well for today’s Metal loving audiences?

Well, it does if you like well executed material. First of all, the audio quality to this release couldn’t be better. The music feels raw thanks to a slight lo-fi audio quality, but at the same time there’s this muddy sound that only helps to build up the aggressive nature of the band’s energetic performance and music. The bass is podded up nicely and adds an extra layer to the music with its very deep sound that borders a twanging downtune approach, building up the brutal element of the release with the sharper Punk sounding distortion from the guitars that drowns the sound of the bass out slightly, but in no way affects the physical impact they have from out of the speakers. The vocals are handled with a guttural shouting approach that’s as dirty as the rest of the production while the drums pound away behind them. The bass kicks have that thwapping sound to it, where it borders on going to a click but also isn’t a thud. This works well for the sound the group is going for as the snares bring a nice thickness to fill things up, and the cymbals crash loudly with authority.

Bones kicks things right off with that Crust influence to the hard-hitting Death Metal sound with “March of the Dead”. The energy and intensity that immediately becomes apparent really drives the song well in its blistering, two-step fused pace and catchy Punk influence riffs. Considering the raw nature of the music and the amount of members, the somewhat hollow sounding guitar solo doesn’t come as a shock, having the bass and drums forced to back it up and, unfortunately, they don’t quite work out to retain the same solid sound during as it was prior to and after it hits. The solo itself on this track, as well as others, is still pretty good. In fact, the whole track is, but it’s largely due to its strong Crust Punk sound and how it works with the muddier sound. It isn’t until after this song you really get a stronger Death Metal sound to it. “Bitch” will throw the listener back into the early days of Death Metal with punishing drums that hammer away and blast beats that bridge various catchy crusty Death Metal riffs. The commanding sound of the slower moments really make the listener’s head bang along while the faster moments bring enough intensity with them to make everyone around feel an urge to suddenly mosh along.

This new breed of intensity is matched with the aforementioned brutality on “Apocalyptic Warrior.” The song’s mid-tempo pace is matched well with the dirty audio quality to give a bit of a commanding performance with a mixture of Death Metal intensity and some Crust ideas, largely found in the two-stepping that does come into play. The guitar work here feels a lot more crushing compared to the others, up to and including “Bitch,” which were all great songs but, at the same time, just carried a fun tone despite the harsher atmosphere that grew the further into the album you got. This track is basically the pivotal moment where that building aggression comes into play. The music will surely have you debating on dancing like a Hardcore maniac down to moshing like a madman at key times, all of which is brought on by the ominous, pounding material that makes up much of the song. “Good Die Young” slows things down even more, taking on a more traditional Death Metal approach. The crushing sound is helped out greatly by the more obvious bass presence on the recording and the trudging pace that gives a marching command to the material this time around.

But this doesn’t mean that’s all you’ll get for the rest of the release. “Lovely Death” shakes things up again as it goes into a more Crust driven Death Metal sound, and give it’s speed and attitude that is incorporated into the aggressive sound, this track really stands out. The track still feels more along the lines of fun, but everything works out. The less then two and a half-minute length really helps the tighter performance, the energy really can be felt by the listener to make a sound that can get anyone’s blood pounding, the solo feels fantastic and backed up far better than any others on here, and all around just makes for a great track that adds a little fun to the mix once more before going back into the hammering Death Metal driven sound once more with “666.” The track’s mid-tempo carries a rhythm that will have listeners banging their heads, as well as allows the cymbals to shine through a little more than they already do, really putting emphasis towards the beat of the song. There is a section towards the end of this track that feels a little out-of-place, which is just a pounding section that seems like a blast beat held for quite a while, but the band sounds a little out of team with each other, and really makes up the only genuinely bad part of the album.

There’s really nothing too negative to say about Bones. The band did a good job throughout the release, but the only issue is perhaps a little too much focus on the Crust approach. While that was all well and good, you can tell the album was really meant to have a strong Death Metal sound, and some just pushed the aforementioned style a bit too far and almost dropped the latter foundation. This also caused issues with the atmosphere of the recording, finding tracks that were soul crushing lumped in with some that felt angst-driven and rebellious, yet still had a slight fun and energetic sound to them. All in all, Bones recorded a solid self-titled debut, and any fan of classic Death Metal would find great delight in checking this release out. This may not be the most amazing release of its kind, but Bones still has enough good tracks that you’ll be able to just come back to from time to time.

01. March of the Dead – 3:41
02. Bloodlust – 4:05
03. Bitch – 5:56
04. Apocalyptic Warrior – 4:19
05. Good Die Young – 2:51
06. Slowburn – 4:02
07. Lovely Death – 2:21
08. 666 – 5:09
09. Delirium Tremens – 2:54
Overall Score: 8/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Planet Metal Records.