Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Album Review: Bone Gnawer - 'Cannibal Crematorium'

Bone Gnawer - Cannibal Crematorium
Released Via Metal Inquisition Records
Genre: Death Metal

Track Listing:

1. Anthropophagist Inferno
2. Modern Day Cannibal
3. Chainsaw Carnage
4. Horrors In The House Of Human Remains
5. Chawed, Mauled & Gnawed
6. Il Sesso Bizzarro Di Cannibali
7. Chrome Skull
8. Below The Murder Of Carrion Crows
9. Carnivore Beneath
10. Untold Story: Human Pork Bun
11. Cannibal Crematorium

This record begins with two minutes of screams and cries interspersed with the sounds of chainsaws and other power tools. No prizes for guessing that the album contains nothing but old school, horrifying death metal from there on out. It’s all very much rooted in the early 90s tradition of the genre, so tech-heads need not look here. Blunt, hammer-blow riffing bursts from the speakers, with a more melodic riff appearing every now and then. Founding member Kam Lee, also of Massacre, puts on a solid vocals performance with a roar that could send a lion running. The title ‘Chainsaw Carnage’ sounds like it has come right out of Debauchery’s playbook, but it’s a violent tour-de-force that’s as catchy as it is destructive. ‘Horrors In The House Of Human Remains’ leans in more of an Autopsy-like direction, but shows some good use of melodic guitar lines and another vocal performance that Glen Benton would be happy with. If the riff at the start of ‘Chawed, Mauled & Gnawed’ doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know how to help you. Those who know their horror films will get an ear-to-ear grin on their faces from the song ‘Chrome Skull’, which pays a fun and furious homage. There are a decent amount of guest appearances from underground metal musicians from bands like Fetid Zombie, Dead, Acheron and Witchclan, which shows just how much of a true underground project that Bone Gnawer is. Look past the bizarre and frankly crap interlude ‘Il Sesso Bizzarro Di Cannibali’, and you have a rock solid second album by a death metal band that knows no pretence.

Rating: 7/10



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