Bison B.C.
Quiet Earth


3.0
good

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
December 27th, 2008 | 13 replies | 4,874 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A baby mastodon fights through a huge ball of fire, getting high on the fire that risks burning him!

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Vancouver Canucks (not the N.H.L team morons) Bison B.C have taken their name from a powerful beast that once roamed the western prairies in great numbers. Much like the band Mastodon, who took their name from the all mighty prehistoric creature that symbolically represents the sound of their thunderous metal gallop, Bison B.C. do much the same with their name as well. The comparisons don’t stop there though. Bison B.C. finds their sophomore album Quiet Earth sounding like they’ve taken a few notes from Mastodon’s sound as well. Opting for a more crunchy noise in the vein of High on Fire and the groove and swagger of Entombed’s post Clandestine era albums, these groovy/thrash/ stoner new comers make the rehash sound refreshing again.

Primitive Emptiness of Outer Space begins with a trudging riff that builds into an array of monster riffs that just keep coming (like listening to a Matt Pike jam out), the band quickly switches gears, sounding more like the Black Sabbath flag wavers The Sword with a simple but effective blast of melody. Dark Towers’ quickly fly’s into a dirty punk-rock rhythm section with a nice touch of Leviathan inspired riffing and finally charging (whatever the hell Bison do) into one head smashing riff after another. Smoking a few joints and getting deeper into the disc will reveal a formula that follows suit to these two songs, but with a few added surprises. Like how Mastodon injected groovy, stoner like passages into Leviathan, Bison does this with confidence. Just listen to ‘These Are My Dress Clothes’ and the album-stealer instrumental ‘Medication’ for a good taste of riffs that help project the songs into off-coarse directions.

To be quite honest (as much as your neck will hurt after giving this a listen), you’ve heard all this before. This is the beginning of a new generation of bands who were inspired by late 90s, early 00s stoner metal and the influence is quite predominant. However, it’s the amalgamation of thrash, classic hard rock and punk that gives these guys the ‘one-up’ when compared to the other new sub-genres of metal storming onto the scene in hordes (Deathcore…………*shivers*). Bison create quite the stoned, thrash affair with an album that might actually warrant a bong-hit or two.



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Wizard
December 27th 2008



19324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Went for the rasputin approach (short and sweet). This album is good but not mind blowing, even though I have a feeling you Mastodon fanboys will eat this up for breakfest, lunch, and dinner.

Digging: Bolzer - Soma

bastard
December 27th 2008



3435 Comments


21 days without a review, you should be ashamed of yourself.

jk nice review brah

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2008



17204 Comments


one of their songs is played to death on the MusicChoice metal channel. sounded ok. great review.

Wizard
December 27th 2008



19324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am ashamed . Work kills me!

Thank you bastard and redsky. Do you guys have your top 10 for 2008 up yet? Fuck it, I'll check myself hahaha.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2008



17204 Comments


I posted one last month when they were all the rage but its obviously changed a bit since then.

Doppelganger
December 27th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

siq riffin

Wizard
December 27th 2008



19324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They do have some siq riffs!

bigguy69
June 9th 2009



199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lovin this album i think its way better than people give it credit for

Wizard
June 9th 2009



19324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree. Need to give this another spin.

masterofcum
June 11th 2009



428 Comments


pretty average

Cashews
August 19th 2009



14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bought this on a whim and these guys rule

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh I was just on my way to this page to review this album but I guess it doesn't need one...even though you're rating is incorrect...dammit Karl...

Wizard
November 7th 2009



19324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A little late in my response Brent, but I apologize. Please feel free to write a review for this with whatever rating. I feel a 3/5 is appropriate because alot of this is rehash; well done rehash mind you.



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