Anthropomorphic - Bonesaw - Sawtopsy
Label: Aphelion Productions - AP044 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Death Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge sucker for long lost Various - TIP Singles weirdo death metal band Korpse, so when I found out that guitarist Sid was in a new band a few years ago I naturally jumped at the opportunity to check them out. Bonesaw is a pretty rad name, and Sawtopsy is a rad album title, so I dove in head-first hoping for some top-notch Autopsy-ish death metal.
It's taken me quite a while to get around to reviewing this album, but not for lack of enjoyment. This is some unabashedly old-school death, and yes, Autopsy comes through quite Anthropomorphic - Bonesaw - Sawtopsy as a major influence. It's not really a fair comparison to make as there's not much hope in looking for a vocalist who could really rival the mighty Chris Reifert, and Andy grunts quite competently.
You know what I mean; there's a blastbeat but it's clearly a sped-up punk beat rather than machine-like Anthropomorphic - Bonesaw - Sawtopsy. While all of the riffs are performed quite admirably and will get your head banging, almost none of them really grab me by the neck and demand Anthropomorphic - Bonesaw - Sawtopsy the way a lot of Korpse's riffs do. The only possible conclusions I can draw are either that Sid here going by his real name, Paul Brew had either little influence here in Bonesaw or in Korpse or both.
As for the rhythm section, the drumming is about what you might expect. Nothing too flashy but plenty of competent fills and the production makes the kit come across with a crisp live sound.
The bass is another story, though; the sewer-soaked bass tone is delicious and the bass lines are clearly audible in the mix throughout the whole affair. This, too, seems like a nod to those early Autopsy records, where the bass was quite prominent in both the songwriting and mix.
Unfortunately, the riff and songwriting just aren't quite up to the same level as some of their peers who were doing similar stuff around this same time specifically, the better parts of Razorback's roster at the time. They've been somewhat dormant for a while, now, so if they do return to us with another full length I'd be willing to bet that it changes things up for a somewhat different sub-style of death metal.
If you're into stuff like Vacant Coffin, Hooded Menace, Coffins and Skeletal Spectre, or if you're just an old-school death metal head Hirn - Brenk Sinatra* & Fid Mella - Chop Shop 2.1 Exclusive Bonus Album for a modern band doing a bang-up job of carrying the torch, this might be right up your alley.
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