Release Date: December 3rd, 2012
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The debut EP from Bristol’s Bonemud, titled ‘Challenge Accepted’, is four tracks collected to represent several years of hard work and line-up changes. It’s good at what it does, but sadly it fails to push any boundaries. At heart, the band are simply nu-metal mixed with rapcore (ie. Papa Roach, Korn, Biohazard, etc).
At just four tracks in length, the band delve into these genres but there’s not much more than this. Opener, ‘Homiez’, proves this; rapped vocals, downtuned and distorted guitars and essentially everything you’d expect from a nu-metal song. In no way should this be taken derogatory, as it’s a good opener, but sinks directly into the nu-metal genre.
At least on third track, ‘Lil Whore’, we see a ballad from the band, but again, it’s nothing different to what has already been done countless times before. It at least provides a break from the nu-metal. However, again on final two tracks, ‘Something I Am’ and ‘U&I’, we see the band back to the roots of nu-metal and rapcore.
Despite this, the music is strong and it’s overall a good EP and a good start to their career. However, just some more variety to their sound would push Bonemud so much further on future releases.
Written by Kieron Chastney
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