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