Bone Awl
Night's Middle


4.0
excellent

Review

by The_Oath USER (6 Reviews)
August 6th, 2009 | 19 replies | 4,358 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The tantalising mixture between early black metal and old school Oi makes this release worth checking out.

Formed in Northern California in 2002, Bone Awl plays a surprisingly grim form of metal, given the sunny state they hail from. The group only consists of two members: He Who Gnashes Teeth, who does guitars, bass, and vocals; and He Who Crushes Teeth, who handles drumming duties. Their pseudonyms are rough translations of the Norse names Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, two goats owned by Thor who are said to of pulled his chariot. Thus far the black metal duo have released a dizzying array of demos, four splits, one full length, and four extended plays. Night's Middle, as an EP, is the newest of the bunch; as expected it shows almost no musical progression. While this is a bad thing for most bands, it turns out to be good for Bone Awl – don't fix it if it ain't broke.

Much like other punk-inspired black metal groups such as Gallhammer and Vordr, the beauty of Bone Awl's music relies on repetitive drums beats, and simple yet insatiably catchy guitar riffs. They clearly have their roots planted in the same sort of aesthetic that Darkthrone tapped into on their controversial classic Transilvanian Hunger. However, Bone Awl's blackened punk ends up working a lot better than the recent forays Darkthrone have made into ito the genre. Clocking in at a mere eight minutes and 39 seconds, the album's short length ends up working to the group's advantage. Whereas their last full length album was nearly impossible to listen to in one go, the shorter extended plays and demos are much easier to digest. A common problem for the earlier work of Bone Awl was how god-awful their production is, and while it's still not great, it has improved to the point where the production adds to the music, rather than detracts. One can hear the cymbals on this piece without it taking over the rest of what the other instruments are doing – they're not as high in the mix as they have been in the past. The best part about this album is Bone Awl's ability to fuse the depraved sounds of orthodox black metal, to the messy and fun rhythm of early Oi! bands such as the Business and the Opressed. In doing so, they are able to play music that is both harsher and more enjoyable than the majority of the work released by crust punk bands today.



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The_Oath
August 6th 2009



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short review for a short album.

PuddlesPuddles
August 6th 2009



4685 Comments


Dude that's why they call you the bone wolf

Owwwwoooh!!

The_Oath
August 6th 2009



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is it that none of the album art I add shows up?

PuddlesPuddles
August 6th 2009



4685 Comments


Make sure it's a jpg.

Here, save this and try with this:
http://casaatreides.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/225166.jpg

Go to Edit My Reviews - and then under Edit my Albums, click the Bone Awl one and then use the above picture to submit as album art

illmitch
August 6th 2009



5429 Comments


bone awl rules but i dont really hear too much Oi! in their sound, probably more Discharge if anything

ill have to look this up, i have Meaningless Leaning Mess and its pretty cool

TricksterGRex
August 6th 2009



2087 Comments


sweet review man Bone Awl is sick

The_Oath
August 6th 2009



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're probably right Illmitch, but while I was writing it I was listening to the Business and couldn't help but hear similarities between the two. I don't know nearly as much about punk as I do about metal.

illmitch
August 6th 2009



5429 Comments


discharge - why is a pretty good primer on hardcore punk

in completely unrelated news i just wrote a review for it this morning

i am the robots
August 7th 2009



1027 Comments


this band is alright, id much rather listen to any generic lln band though

TricksterGRex
August 7th 2009



2087 Comments


mutiilation lol

illmitch
August 7th 2009



5429 Comments


as far as minimalistic BM goes, bone awl are pretty elite

TricksterGRex
August 7th 2009



2087 Comments


plus noisymugwump likes them

illmitch
August 7th 2009



5429 Comments


ill be honest a good deal of my metal taste comes from him

TricksterGRex
August 7th 2009



2087 Comments


same he likes some pretty elite shit

i am the robots
August 7th 2009



1027 Comments


mutiilation is good, so ya, idk maybe youre retarded?

TricksterGRex
August 7th 2009



2087 Comments


blazebirth hall is usually better

but vlad tepes and belketre both rule

i am the robots
August 7th 2009



1027 Comments


im all about torgeist mah boi

illmitch
August 7th 2009



5429 Comments


vlad tepes is probably my favorite LLN band

trickster, are you familiar with french bands like Kristallnacht or Seigneur Voland?

TricksterGRex
August 7th 2009



2087 Comments


Seigneur Voland i've heard a couple tracks i've liked from

i've heard of Kristallnacht but haven't actually checked them out



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