"Skin and Bone" (Thas' Metal Dude; 2023)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
"Skin and Bone" is a pummeling metal CD with six tracks of pounding fury that runs over you like one of those super-charged bulldozers you see in the monster truck shows. It's fast, it's heavy, and it sticks to your ribs.
Some of the songs suddenly break into a furious guitar solo, backed by double-bass drumming. It can take you out of the moment for a split second, but the solos are solid and wild and you'll never reach for the stop button.
Speaking of surprises, "Skin and Bone" includes a virtually note-for-note cover version of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen." It doesn't really fit in with the other music here, but it's a solid version of a classic rock staple (with some more solid guitar solos). Thankfully, the EP ends with "StoneMan" which starts off with a screeching guitar intro before it morphs into a number that brings to mind the work of Zakk Wylde, and that ain't a bad thing, is it?
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A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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