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Tommy Bones

EP

Review by Gary Hill

This debut EP shows a band with a lot of promise. If you like hard edged, just plain mean, music with strong helpings of Guns N Roses, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Rob Zombie and others, then you really need to check this out. The format tends to wear a little thin by the end, but it’s only five tracks – so it can’t really suffer much from being monolithic. All in all, this is a fine first effort from a band with a lot of talent.

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Track by Track Review
Walk In Hell
Sound effects start this. Then they fire out into some seriously hard edged metal. The chorus is oddly catchy. There are some interesting riffs here. This is raw, but quite strong. It has some bits of slide guitar late.
Murderous Rage

I love the riff that leads us out here. It’s got a great vintage sound. They turn this into a screaming metal stomper from there. In keeping with the title, this thing gets pretty mean.

My Hate
This piece alternates between a dark, melodic, mellow motif and a more fierce jam. The lyrics will definitely earn these guys a parental advisory. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Stone Temple Pilots or Alice In Chains, but with a more full metallic texture.
Fight
More of a pure screamer, this one has a lot of those Rob Zombie and Godsmack influences. It’s a killer grind.
Burn
This might be the meanest piece on the set. And that from a track that starts and ends mellow with just percussion. It’s another good tune, but it’s a good thing this is just an EP because the formula is wearing thin by this point.
 
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