Oak and Bone hail from upstate New York, but when you listen to their debut 7 you would definitely not assume that by any guess. While their history is rooted in hardcore punk, the three-piece from Syracuse take a different approach to the style.
The 7 opens with On Your Own or Not at All, which is a sludgy punk/grunge tune reminiscent of The Melvins. Its heavy and got a nice groove to it. Build Walls is faster and has some awesome chugging guitars; it highlights the bands hardcore background much more than the previous number. Atavistic is okay, but I definitely enjoy it least of all the songs. Momentum is another cut that boasts a sweet groove; I hear a bit of the very first Queens of the Stone Age record in there. Its definitely my favorite of the four songs found here.
I like the unique approach Oak & Bone take. Its a great combination of punk, metal, rock and roll, and hardcore. And the best part is that its not really any of those genres. Its a mish-mash an enjoyable mish-mash.
7.5 / 10
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