Friday, 21 March 2014

Oak & Bone - Self Titled

'Oak & Bone'
Oak & Bone
2011

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Stoner Metal, Hardcore, Sludge
For Fans Of: Baroness, Doomriders, Sleep, Kyuss, I Exist, Eyehategod

Gruff, groovy and gritty are all words that start with 'g'and aside from being a dodgy literary device, they're also somewhat indicative of Oak & Bone's sound. The New York band (that's Syracuse, not NYC) have taken the riffs from stoner metal, the blunt force aggression of hardcore and filtered it through psychedelia and a smidgen of post rock to achieve their dense, fuzzed out sound. With the bass guitar being the brunt of the bands sound (think Om, but muddier), and the guitar providing additional flourishes and ambience Oak & Bone' sound is thick, low end-heavy bliss. The throaty bellowed vocals sound like it could accompany some of the stuff that's been coming out of Savannah, Georgia the past few years, but music wise this is more to the point, and bludgeoning - mostly due to the hardcore influence. I"m not entirely sure if these dudes are still playing -  as they haven't released anything since this - but luckily for you this album is ready and waiting for you to give it a listen and groove the fuck out to it.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Oakener
2. Purge
3. Poison Snow
4. Acid Coffin
5. Breeders
6. Heavy Head
7. Stump
8. Pilgrimage
9. Acres
10. Untitled
11. Dust Cult

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