Bone Awl
Meaningless Leaning Mess


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Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
January 29th, 2010 | 63 replies | 11,482 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

When it comes to black metal, there is no end to the various sub-genres that have been created to cater to the tastes of its various fans. There are bands like Incursus, who play black metal derived from the 90's, or even a band like Sancta Poenas, who loves to dabble some psychedelia into their black metal. Probably one of the most "natural" of all the black metal sub-genres is a sect that combines both the harsh and unrelenting black metal with the equally as fierce crust punk. Enter Bone Awl, a band that takes traits from the best of both worlds, and sloppily yet successfully throws them together for their first and so far only full-length album Meaningless Leans Mess.

When it comes to understanding the sound of Bone Awl, one must realize that while the band is raw, intense and savage, they are also very, very catchy. Take for instance the track "Without Hesitation", which even though incorporates both black metal and punk's ugliest traits, still in it's basic three chord structure also manages to hold on the catchy qualities of the aforementioned punk genre. With songs like "One Nothing Between" and "The Great Violence" the band takes the chords and vocals of black metal, and sets them up in muscular punk styled power chords. The only true "variety" that is to be found on Meaningless Leaning Mess is that sometimes songs take a more black metal direction and sometimes they take the more punk influenced route. Bone Awl strictly adheres to their own unique brand of music, and surprisingly it works out very well in their favor. On songs like "Show Me" or "Big Decisions" and any other of the 16 songs on the album, you won't find any pretentious keyboard arrangements or some weird flute wankery; its loud, rude, hideous yet still one hundred percent completely enjoyable.

While Bone Awl definitely isn't reinventing the wheel when it comes to punk influenced black metal, they certainly still know how to craft one crazy fun album. Never once does the band strive to be more than they are, and in their dead honest approach to making music, Meaningless Mean Less succeeds most definitely in becoming a classic in the rough around the edges punk black metal sub genre.



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TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


Really, really short review, but i still think it's pretty good. For an album like this a long review isn't really necessary. I really fucking enjoy this album a lot, its so much fucking fun, and i can definitely blame the fact that i'm still up and excited enough to write a review for it at 5:30 am.

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

ov420
January 29th 2010



300 Comments


loved the review, nice work, i jack off to all works of bone awl and it feels good

jingledeath
January 29th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been meaning to check these guys out for a while, great review dudenheim

Phantom
January 29th 2010



8930 Comments


He Who Crushes Teeth and He Who Gnashes Teeth

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


thanks ov and jingle

Zoo
January 29th 2010



3759 Comments


Assuming Sect is a band, you should capitalize it in the first paragraph.

Since this sounds like black/crust metal, you should probably give Martyrdod, Hellshock, and Iskra a listen as well.

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


oops its supposed to be "is a sect"

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review sucked







pos

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


neg neg neg

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll check this out sometime soon, band sounds awesome.

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


Yeah, they're pretty sick

Dryden
January 29th 2010



12928 Comments


Review rules. Bone Awl is the reason i wake up good

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


Thanks Dryden... yeah these guys kick serious ass

kitsch
January 29th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

downloading


TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


Cool, enjoy

jingledeath
January 29th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck this is so good

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17186 Comments


Yeah man, this is so fucking great. I gets me pumped

TheSpirit
January 30th 2010



17186 Comments


Mmmm... listening now...getting crazy

couch
February 16th 2010



311 Comments


damn this album is catchy, i would love to see these guys live.

TheSpirit
February 16th 2010



17186 Comments


They would annihilate live



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