"Bang ... You're Dead" (Turkey Vulture; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Wisconsin's Bone Shaker takes a trip down 80s Metal Lane with "Bang ... You're Dead," delivering ten tracks of crisp metal goodness.

Loaded with metal clichés in both songwriting style and musicianship, Bone Shaker doesn't even try to break any new ground with this CD. Instead, they take what they loved about 80s metal and happily resurrect it. The band they remind me of most is W.A.S.P., especially the first two or three albums. And, to a huge W.A.S.P. fan like me, that ain't a bad thing. (Even though vocalist David Gonzales sounds more like Steve Grimmett than W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless). 

The production's a little sterile at times and, again, the CD is littered with clichés but, if you're a fan of heavy metal from the 80s (think W.A.S.P., Twisted Sister, Accept, etc.), then you'll find "Bang ... You're Dead" entertaining and enjoyable if not fresh and new.

Bone Shaker: Camille Gonzalez - bass; David GONZ Gonzalez - lead vocals and guitar; Brian Deharde - drums.

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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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