What can I say about Bones and their new, and third full-length album, Diseased, that hasn’t already been said before about a few other bands; namely, the ones that seem to influence Bones and their trade of crusty and sometimes even punky, no frills, basic, bare boned death metal. If Terrorizer/Nausea meets Celtic Frost/Obituary by way of Usurper sounds awesome to you, then you’re in luck as Diseased is all of this and honestly, not too much more.

That’s okay though, because Bones isn’t trying to be anything more, and they sure as shit don’t seem be trying to convince and/or trick others into believing that they are something they aren’t. Made up of current and former members of Usurper, it’s not hard to see that this rocking and raucous power trio makes no bones about where their sound comes from and what they are trying to do with it.

Besides the title sounding like the aftermath of a bad late night Taco Bell experience, “Blood, Diarrhea, and Tears” kicks off Diseased in a roaring display of speedy, beefy, caustic, crusty death metal that sets up all of Diseased‘s track fairly well in their presentation. With the exception of “Mass Graves” and its four-plus minute run time, the albums tracks tend to run on the shorter side of things, with most averaging the three minute mark or less, and none of them ever overstaying their welcome or straying too far from the beaten path set up by the album opener. Besides Diseased throwing off a slight vibe of The Grotesquery here and there, as well as “Boozer”providing a bit of that rocking/thrashing quality akin to Gwar(though without any comical aspect), Bones doesn’t really venture into untreaded territory.

While Diseased isn’t anything that is going to set the world afire, it is a well played, focused and tight, in your face display of crusty and blasty extremism that does seem to cleanse the palate in today’s overly produced, excessively technical, and hook laden material that floods the modern metal scene. What you see is what you get with Bones.

Diseased isnt a flower that grows into beauty and appreciation after much spent time and care. No, Diseased plainfully and unbiasedly, gets in there, kicks your ass, and gets out. Simple as that.

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Written by Kristofor Allred
October 3rd, 2019

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