"Skin and Bone" (Thas' Metal Dude; 2023)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Skin and Bone" is a pummeling metal CD with six tracks of pounding fury that runs over you like one of those super-charged bulldozers you see in the monster truck shows. It's fast, it's heavy, and it sticks to your ribs.

Some of the songs suddenly break into a furious guitar solo, backed by double-bass drumming. It can take you out of the moment for a split second, but the solos are solid and wild and you'll never reach for the stop button.

Speaking of surprises, "Skin and Bone" includes a virtually note-for-note cover version of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen." It doesn't really fit in with the other music here, but it's a solid version of a classic rock staple (with some more solid guitar solos). Thankfully, the EP ends with "StoneMan" which starts off with a screeching guitar intro before it morphs into a number that brings to mind the work of Zakk Wylde, and that ain't a bad thing, is it?

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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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