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Review: Bones - Bones

Label: Planet Metal
Year released: 2011
Duration: 35:20
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 14, 2013
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.45/5 (89.09%) (11 Votes)

This release came from out of nowhere for me. Bones is the name of this 3-piece act from Chicago, which features no less than 3 ex-members from the cult Chicago Metal act Usurper. Jon Necromancer on vocals and bass, Carcass Chris on guitar, and Joe Warlord on drums, formed Bones while still in Usurper but the project never got fleshed out - that is, until Joe and Jon started jamming together again in 2009, adding Chris at the end of that same year.

After some intense jam sessions, the guys had a good pile of songs and 9 of them were chosen for the band's self-titled debut album, which Planet Metal released in 2011. Expecting some Usurper-flavored, testosterone-oozing Metal? Well, you get some of that for sure, but add Venom's live feeling, some Celtic Frost/Hellhammer filthiness, Motörhead's uncompromising Rock 'n' Roll attitude and even some early VoiVod rawness into the soup, and you have an idea what Bones sounds like. Seriously, I haven't heard any punk-influenced Crust/Death/Thrash Metal this exciting, honest and dirty for a long while. Bones sounds like the kind of band that no one is going to want to follow on stage. Bones' energy level is incredible on this 35+ minute effort. They are fuckin' mean, ugly, dirty and, most importantly, REAL and HONEST as hell!!

I could write a small novel about how great this album is, but instead of that I strongly suggest you to check it out yourself. If you don't do that immediately, you are no friend of mine and calling you a "true metalhead" would be an overstatement.

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