Released: 2015, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Ha ha haaa! What can I say… This album is exactly what I expected but with a few hidden surprises. Cannibal Crematorium by Bone Gnawer is an entertaining, gore-soaked, riff-crazy massacre. Led by Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas) and joined by Morgan Lie (ex-Naglfar) and Ronnie Bjornstrom (ex-Aeon, ex-Ribspreader) this album features an army of special guests including Dave Ingram (ex-Bolt Thrower, ex-Benediction), Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie), Vincent Crowley (Acheron).
‘Anthropophagist Inferno’ starts this album with a fairly generic array of horror, gore and newsreel murder reports before ‘Modern Day Cannibal’, and here come the riffs. This song is straightforward death with catchy riffs and an equally catchy vocal line. A chainsaw kicks off third track ‘Chainsaw Carnage’ and suddenly you can picture this being sung by a thousand drunk people, bouncing about. ‘Horrors In The House Of Human Remains’ continues the heaviness and relentlessly charges forward through to an unexpected turn… ‘Il Sesso Bizzarro Di Cannibali’. Tribal drums, chimes an almost continuous guttural stream accompanied by unnerving female spoken word. What did I just listen to? After that slow and unusual interlude we’re back to death metal. ‘Chrome Skull’ returns to the similar structure of the previous tracks, with the addition of some chugging riffs. ‘Untold Story: Human Pork Bun’ is as entertaining as the song title, full of harsh vocal lines and melodic passages. With the acceptation of ‘Il Sesso Bizzarro Di Cannibali’ many of the tracks on this album are similar. However Kam Lee’s vocals are absolutely spot on and clear to follow, the well-placed horror and gore aspects add humour to the music and this is continued through and concludes in the title track.
With the line up and those involved, you do expect a bit more from Bone Gnawer. This is a good album but there is a repetitiveness throughout which reduces the impact somewhat, however the catchy riffs and vocals are enough to sustain interest. It has some fun moments, a relentless aggressiveness and endless catchy passages which makes this album worth a listen.
Review by Helena Byrne