Bonehammer – Black Crust Invasion (album)

Release date: 23rd August 2019||Genre: Blackened classic metal||Label: Self-released

NWOBHM straight out of the starting blocks! Right? Well, so you might think of Bonehammer‘s opus, Black Crust Invasion. The vocals however, put a bit of a twist on that. The Uruk-like, blackened-death grunt of… transforms the overall feel of his musical backdrop. Gallops flip to tank clatter, as you realise this actually has more in common with mid-era Venom than early Maiden.

Then, just when you think you’ve got it pegged, in swoops a revenant screeching, more akin to Abbath. Or maybe it’s supposed to be Udo..? It doesn’t matter. The resultant amalgamation is interesting to say the least. The classic mix-work plays its part in the trickery, too, leaving this sounding like something genuinely recorded in the early 80s.

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Working further through the album, it often swerves towards BM in its simplest form, but that proto-metal keeps one hand on the tiller at all times. They siphon off from these styles incredibly well, but don’t really bring anything fresh to the battleground. If that’s what your looking for, it’s perfect.

Basically, this is very much like the sort of album which got most of the older cohorts hooked on metal to begin with. The music and vocals, separately, are certainly not doing anything new, though the combination is worth talking about. It caught me a little off guard, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting that.

Grade: B
Slow Dragon

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