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To The Bone - To The Bone - 2004 - Rosemont Recordings

Track Listing
1. Keep Your Face Down
2. Point The Finger Point The Gun
3. Know Your Beast
4. Kill Freak
5. New Plague
6. Down The Throat
7. The Changeling
8. To The Bone
9. Deny The Gods
10. Dead Brothers Of Innoncence
Well, New Jersey's To The Bone attempt to deliver a solid record of stoner/doom metal. It's refreshing to see more doom bands emerge, with that particular genre always stirring up good bands every year. Unfortunately To The Bone just don't do enough with the material found here. Certainly there is plenty of talent to be found, but I really need my doom albums to step it up and deliver the bombastic grooves and hard rock intensity. To The Bone pretty much just go through the motions, never breaking into any catchy, heavy grooves or injecting any melody to make it diverse.

Cuts like "Know Your Beast" just seem to stay in one direction, and that is really a pattern that most of the tracks follow. Opener "Keep Your Face Down" has potential but they never break away from that one main riff. The band do play some deep, down-tuned blues riffs that are very unique and interesting. But for the most part this is just simple metal fare, an average run through routine and format. I need a bit more meat and potatoes with my dining.


---EC 09.26.05

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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