Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Bone Awl - Meaningless Leaning Mess

'Meaningless Leaning Mess'
Bone Awl
2007
 
Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Raw Black Metal, Blackened Noise
For Fans Of: Ildjarn, Raspberry Bulbs, Toxic Holocaust

If you become interested in raw black metal, you're almost definitely going to come across the Navato, California duo Bone Awl- consisting of "He Who Gnashes Teeth" and "He Who Crushes Teeth". In some sense Bone Awl is pretty much what would happen if black metal and grindcore had a child seeing as the black metal lo-fi aesthetic is there to an extreme extent; sounding like it's been recorded on someone's phone, recorded again from that recording on someone's computer mic, and then recorded off of that recording, while being played through a walkie talkie, onto someone else's phone- all while giving a feeling of unstoppable, chaotic power in any one of it's short and insanely fast songs. Sure to make you a little deaf for the rest of the day if you listen to it at an even somewhat high volume (or even next few days at an unreasonably high volume like I did once), Meaningless Leaning Mess is a masterpiece of raw black metal.

TRACKLISTING:
1. These Days Are Marked
2. Pendulum
3. One Nothing Between
4. The Last Things
5. It's All Earth
6. The Great Violence
7. Without Hesitation
8. Smiling Star Wide
9. I Am Only Alone
10. Head of Silence
11. Will A White Face
12. Gray Heaps That Never Rot
13. Meaningless Leaning Mess
14. Crowned In Martyrmony
15. Big Decisions
16. Black Wings
17. Be Still
18. The King In Red


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