Saturday 9 May 2020

Bones - Gate Of Night

Labels: Blood Harvest Records
Formats: Vinyl/Digital
Release Date: 24 Apr 2020


1. Utterance Beyond Death
2. Gate Of Night

Today's been one of those days, mostly spent hungover and slightly lacking in motivation. it wasn't until this afternoon that I started to feel myself again and actually did some things. I've begun planning for a special 10th anniversary digital compilation and also deciding what to write about, so the day isn't entirely wasted. I settled for the new and rather opulent two-song single-sided LP from Belgian death metal band Bones. It's their fourth release in a decade and their second for Blood Harvest Records. 

Death metal still leads the way in output terms. The genre as a whole has been spewing out so many bands and release of late, and there’s no pause in sight. Bones and their disturbing take on the genre is distinctly European while also being entirely of it’s own being. ‘Utterance Beyond Death’ is a mix of gargling, despairing death and instrumental, sometimes avant-garde extremity. It reminds you of both your contempt for humankind but also why you’re alive. 

Title-track ‘Gate Of Night’ is a seven-minute death/thrash ripper that’s gloriously off-kilter. The technicality that sits amongst the band’s seemingly primitive death metal is enriched by the production/mastering. It’s organic sound allows for something very real to leap out of the speakers. It catches your attention and clasps it’s neck tight, while flitting between hellish noise and clever progression. Bones have released a stonking EP here and with that, nothing more needs to be said.

You can stream and purchase Gate Of Night digitally or on either translucent purple or black etched vinyl below:-

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