Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: Bone Sickness - Alone in the Grave

Bone Sickness are a fairly new death metal group located in Olympia, Washington who formed in 2010. During the same year of their formation, the act released a well received six-track demo which was followed up a year later with a small two-track EP. Now, after a two year wait, the band have issued forth their second EP, Alone in the Grave. How well does this material stack up against the ever growing death metal genre?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
  1. Submit to Decay
  2. Strange Obsession
  3. Paranoid Delusions
  4. Scraping the Bones
  5. Alone in the Grave
  6. Death and Dismemberment
  7. Tied to the Stake
Total Playtime: 18 minutes, 04 seconds






Rating: 6.5/10




Bone Sickness are a fairly new death metal group located in Olympia, Washington who formed in 2010. During the same year of their formation, the act released a well received six-track demo which was followed up a year later with a small two-track EP. Now, after a two year wait, the band have issued forth their second EP, Alone in the Grave. How well does this material stack up against the ever growing death metal genre?

Holy hell, look at that album cover. I mean, just look at it! What in the name of unholy fuckery, exactly, is that? It looks as though the artist's pen may have exploded all over the paper in a fiery, accelerated tangent of momentary hallucinogenic madness. I scanned the art repeatedly while listening to the album, only at the end being able to make out what looks like a rural graveyard scene covered in gore and bile. One thing can be said for certain, the album artwork accurately provides a visual that depicts the chaotic, fervent nature of the sound that lies within.


The album starts out along the lines of Asphyx, circa Embrace the Death, with a sluggish feel to it which is complete with distant, whammy-barred guitar squeals. Gradually, momentum is gained and, within about a minute from the beginning, the content erupts into a flurry of reckless, balls-to-the-wall riffs and blitzing drums. The songs are a frantic craze of delirium driven structures; comprised of two indistinguishable guitars that collide together, along with hammering drums that drill the snare repeatedly as wave after wave of blistering blast-beat onslaughts saturate the material. Additionally thrown in are loose, careless hi-hat crashes and lightning fast guitar solos. The tracks have an early grindcore-meets-death metal edge to them, somewhat Napalm Death inspired, with their rapid, audacious speed and short time-frame. It's plainly obvious that the main inspiration for the vocals come from Chuck Schuldiner of Death, more specifically the Scream Bloody Gore era, with their fast pace and echo-laden features. The same can be said for the overall album, in that it derives most of its inspiration from the aforestated Death album, as well as early Autopsy and Grave releases. Now and then, over the course of the eighteen minute full-length, the material takes a breather and allows for unhurried groove elements to come into play, for example the entirety of the title track "Alone in the Grave" and certain areas of "Paranoid Delusions". Overall, the content is one kick-ass audible beating after another.

Bone Sickness have an uncontrollable energy about them that is exerted in Alone in the Grave, something many old-school death metal revival bands/albums lack during this day and age. However, that being said, it still is another old-school death metal revival album that largely copies elements from Death and surrounding bands from that time frame. Alone in the Grave lacks anything potentially distinguishing other than the vigorous energy of the guitars and drums, but it does administer a healthy dose of entertainment and nostalgia. If you're not yet sick of old-school death metal revival albums, then give this one a spin as it is sure to not disappoint.

Digital Download Provided by: Earsplit PR

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