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Bonemud – Challenge Accepted [EP]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 30th January 2013 by Pieni

“Challenge Accepted”
Released: 12th December 2012

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I’m not sure when Bonemud was formed, but I’m guessing it wasn’t that much before the release of their debut album “Tokoloshe”, in November 2010. It seems their line-up wasn’t very stable though – apart from founders guitarist Remi Makulec and singer Scott Allen – until late 2011. In January 2012 the band claimed to be “stronger than ever” with Nick Shaffer on drums and Thom Wood on bass and this “Challenge Accepted” is here to prove so.

I labelled them as “rapcore” because it’s how they’re commonly known as. But then I had to add a broader term – “metal” – because if the first track, “Homiez”, leaves no doubt about its rapcore/nu-metal nature, the other three reveal much more than that.

Right up next comes “Lil’ Whore”, which is a strong I-don’t-want-to-love-you ballad and could have been performed by a modern rock band. I’m not saying this in any derogatory way – by the contrary. It’s a catchy song, with cranking but melodic riffs, and totally different from what you’d expect from a rapcore band. That’s what I meant before – they’re capable of playing all kinds of genres and subgenres of music.

Then “Something I Am” goes back to the nu-metal path, the one that’s closer to the industrial neighbourhood. At least in the first minute and half, before the first chorus, you hear an enhanced electronic structure and heavy beats.

And the best way to describe “U&I” is alternative metal – nothing “core” about it, but too harsh for rock-something.

Not sure if a whole album will work with this formula, consisting in no formula at all and every song pushing into a different direction. But in a 4-track EP you don’t have time to get confused and such a “mess” of elements and subgenres becomes kind of interesting.


Renata “Pieni” Lino