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Review: Bonesaw - The Illicit Revue
The Illicit Revue

Label: Unholy Anarchy Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 36:13
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 6, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Illicit Revue

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Hailing from Scotland, Bonesaw serve up a puss-drenched, filth-encrusted blend of death metal on their sophomore full-length album. Sporting a raucous, earthy recording, some quality black and white artwork and of course the chops to back it all up, Bonesaw prove themselves as a death metal band to watch out for.

Their style takes elements of Autopsy, Hooded Menace, Asphyx and Entombed and strains it through a rusty meat-grinder, pouring the fetid mess through your speakers drowning the listener in the sickening pool of their influence. Bonesaw without a doubt deliver across The Illicit Revue, with rotten low-end riffs, bowel-rupturing bass, and a dynamic drum approach with a perfect balance between d-beat, blast-beats, and some killing half time segments. Andy Geraghty's guttural growls are well done too, ideal for the music with a cool rhythmic approach in places.

As for the songs themselves, for the most part this is boisterous and in your face, and I can just imagine how crushing the material would be live. As I said the guitars are low and dirty, and do a stand up job of rotting your face. There's a good blend of the more atypical death/doom metal approach and some grinding, crusty type stuff. "The Stench of Dead Dirty Ass" displays the latter well, whereas the former is heard in fine form in "The Forging of Year Zero".

With little in the way of negatives, The Illicit Revue is a solid death metal release that fans of the style will definitely want to look into. There's a good dynamic approach to the material here, which is great, and I'd say that across the board the album is genuinely enjoyable. If you like your death metal dirty, underground and old school then Bonesaw are the band for you. Recommended!

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