"Bonescrew" (Demo)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

I first heard a Bonescrew MP3 at the Roadrunner Records website. I was immediately drawn to their dark sound, described in their bio as: "industrial metal, gothic atmospheres and hardcore riffing." Seeing as how I embrace all metal genres, I knew this would be a cool demo.

Formed in late 2000 in Boston, Bonescrew has been making a name for themselves along the Eastern seaboard. Lately, Massachusetts has produced some excellent bands and Bonescrew is no exception. Leading off this three song demo is "Ask For Nothing." Right away I get to experience the gothic and hardcore comparisons. Vocalist/guitarist Steven Flynn, sounds like a cross between Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet, Aaron Stainthorpe from European goth masters, My Dying Bride, maybe even Cathedral. The guitars are very dirge-like and are also comparable to My Dying Bride. "I'll Get Mine," follows suit as does "New World Orbit." "NWO," however, offers a steady keyboard flowing in the background as well an occasional monk-like chant blended with an air raid siren. This creates an eerie setting indeed. 

Bonescrew is currently at work on their debut full length and are still unsigned. For any of you vampyres that like your goth a little heavier, these guys are sure to meet your exotic needs. Fans of My Dying Bride, Monster Magnet, Type O Negative, Cathedral, Candlemass or Trouble, will most  likely appreciate what Bonescrew has to offer.

Bonescrew is: Steven Flynn (guitars/vocals); Dan Kelly (bass); Max (percussion) and Keith Starkweather (keyboards).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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