Bone Dance "Self-Titled"

THRT025 / October 15, 2012


BONE DANCE, a ritually charged and menacingly DIY band seeped in all things heavy, is rising from the South Idaho desert with their first self-titled LP for Melotov Records (USA), Throatruiner Records and Prototype Records (Europe). BONE DANCE takes the grime and gravelly glut of the band’s previous work, the self-released "Snakecharmers", and reevaluates not only its intensity, but also the band’s heritage: retooling the ferocity of hardcore, the technical acumen of extreme metal, and the minimal gauze of sludge and doom. This is the kind of tight, controlled, anvil-heavy music that only comes out of an area dominated by the Religious Right, the Conservative Coalition, and some of the most culturally repressive mechanisms in America. BONE DANCE acts as a document of this inheritance by time and place and on principle rejects all of it. As a combatant to the moderate veneer that glosses even the counterculture in their hometown of Boise, BONE DANCE have crafted not a shield but a weapon against the repressive devices they so clearly detest. By deconstructing typical sludge breakdowns, by retooling blast beats into searing grooves, by inverting a biblical poetic into a sinister manifest of their body politic, BONE DANCE forges a musical dialogue exemplifying the clash typical of the liberal-conservative head butting seen throughout misleading media; however, the band seems to reject even mainstream leftist views in favor of an utter desert-driven nihilism. BONE DANCE proves yet again that the frontier isn’t innovation—the frontier is misery.

  • Recorded and mixed by Dave Swanson at Love Juice Laboratories, Riverside, USA
  • Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, USA
  • Artwork by Ryan Allan Cheatham

500 x transparent purple


01. Comfort
02. Burnout
03. Conniver
04. Writing In Ecstasy
05. White Guilt
06. West
07. Children Having Children
08. Barren
09. The Skinny
10. Feral

    Bone Dance / Divider / Plebeian Grandstand "Split"

    THRT011 / September 9, 2011


    Three bands, three different interpretations of hardcore/punk, two continents, one policy: Destroy. BONE DANCE (Boise, Idaho, USA) doesn't want to be your friend. The nihilism you'll hear from these self-described "five loud dudes with shitty attitudes", playing their exceedingly raw brand of chaotic hardcore/sludge, will ring a bell whether you're into Gaza or Ken Mode, Botch or Cursed. Conceived with a colossal sense of brutality, yet never forsaking their punk ethos, "West" and "Conniver" will further consecrate this band as one to watch. Remember this goddamned name.

    No matter how paradoxical it may seem, DIVIDER (Long Island, New York, USA) would prefer to unite rather than to divide. Uniting the sound of more modern filthy hardcore bands with a strong sense of punk emergency, these two tracks ("Gaia" & "Halios Geron" ) introduce Chris Tzompanakis behind the mic, best known for his work with the influential group Skycamefalling in the early 2000's. If you're into Deadguy, The Power And The Glory or Vision Of Disorder, you've found the perfect soundtrack for your next bare-knuckle boxing match.

    As for PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND (Toulouse, France), if the shrapnel-laden assault that was "How Hate Is Hard To Define" had you asking for more, this time around there won't be any survivors left to beg for a rematch. If the explosion of screaming and distortion that is "Woe Is Me" isn't enough, then the hallucinatory "Woe Is You", with its Neurosis inspired, trance-like drums, and a throbbing bassline that builds to a crescendo which threatens to tip the richter scale, certainly will be. The first time I heard these tracks, I felt like ripping off my eyelids. And I won't be the one.

    • Recorded and mixed by Nathan Barnes at Osmosis Recording Studio, Meridian, USA / Scott Gross at Hit & Run Studios, New York, USA / Luc Ferré at O'O Studio in Toulouse, France
    • Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, USA
    • Artwork by Bryce Kresge

    600 x black


    01. Bone Dance - Conniver
    02. Bone Dance - West
    03. Divider - Gaïa
    04. Divider - Halios Geron
    05. Plebeian Grandstand  - Woe Is Me
    06. Plebeian Grandstand  - Woe Is You