Album Review: Bonecrusher – “Blvd of Broken Bones”

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Bonecrusher wants you to know that they’re tough. So tough, their name is Bonecrusher, their album is called “Blvd of Broken Bones”, and they probably hang out with bikers and could almost definitely kick my ass. They also want to “Never Die” and even “Never Say Die”. I guess it’s a pretty good thing they don’t play Dungeons and Dragons.

Musically, this is a proficient street punk band with above average guitarists, bassist and drummer. The biggest problem is I feel like I’ve heard this a million times before. I’d probably enjoy this live, but recorded it feels forced. The lyrical topics are more tired than a toothless 40 year old prostitute coming down from a four day meth binge. Raybo, the vocalist, has a good voice, almost Danzig-like. My only gripe with the performance is the palm muting parts seem to lose time and the guitarists don’t match each other during those parts, most notably on “Into The Fire”.

There are bright spots, such as the song “Go to Hell”, and the single note guitar runs in “Fight for Freedom”. The drums throughout the album really are pretty great. At the end of the day though, this has been done before, and better. It isn’t done poorly here, but it also isn’t done in a way to make it stand out in any way except to be remarkably unremarkable.

1.5/5 Stars



2 Comments

  1. dougahlgren
    dougahlgren5/14/2013 11:04 AM | Permalink

    I totally disagree with the review. To me the album sounds authentic, melodic and heavy. Its solid, stripped down street punk.

    Theyre tough but that image isnt helping them sell any records so they dont deserve flak for it.

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