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Bone Gnawer
Cannibal Crematorium
June 2015
Released: 2015, Pulverised Records
Rating: 3.0/5
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
Track Listing

1. Anthropophagist Inferno

2. Modern Day Cannibal

3. Chainsaw Carnage

4. Horrors In The House Of Human Remains

5. Chawed, Mauled & Gnawed

6. Il Sesso Bizzarro Di Cannibali

7. Chrome Skull

8. Below A Murder Of Carrion Crows

9. Carnivore Beneath

10. Untold Story: Human Pork Bun

11. Cannibal Crematorium

Lineup

Kam Lee - Vocals

Ronnie Bjornstrom - Guitars and Bass

Morgan Lie - Drums

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Bone Gnawer
Cannibal Crematorium
August 2015
Released: 2015, Pulverised Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

When legendary vocalist Kam Lee is involved, you pretty much know what you're in for: chugging death metal grotesquerie with a determined old school vibe. And of his several active bands – another, The Grotesquery, just issued an album in April – Bone Gnawer is the most direct and unrefined, bearing the closest resemblance to Death and Massacre, both of which Lee helped launch way back in the day.



The second album from the Swedish/Florida hybrid – also featuring ex-Naglfar drummer Morgan Lie and ex-Aeon guitarist Ronnie Björnström - is big on simple, cascading riffs and grindhouse theatricality that often echoes real life, as on “Modern Day Cannibal.” It was inspired by the infamous “face chewing” episode on Miami's MacArthur Causeway in 2012, which is detailed in the news sound bites of “Anthroprophagist Inferno” that precedes it. “Untold Story: Human Pork Bun” takes things to the next logical extreme, borrowing its plot from an awesomely grisly Hong Kong horror film - allegedly based on a true crime - involving a homicidal chef, a murdered family and customers who unwittingly ate the evidence.



Indeed, as befitting the album's title, it’s pretty much all flesh eating, all the time here, with songs ranging from the more mysterious “Chrome Skull” or “Beneath A Murder of Carrion Crows” to the outright splatterific “Chainsaw Carnage” and “Chewed, Mauled & Gnawed.” All the tales are told in Lee’s trademark ‘urping/grunting,/grinding vocal style, with a host of guest appearances – literally on every song - to spice things up by such notables as Acheron’s Vincent Crowley, Dave Ingram, ex of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, and Sly the Goregnome of Fondlecorpse.



While there is an element of Grand Guignol camp here in the overall concept of Cannibal Crematorium, when it comes down to the music Bone Gnawer are all business. The churning guitar grooves are huge here, with surprisingly catchy hooks on the aforementioned “Chainsaw Carnage” and “Chewed, Mauled & Gnawed” delivered like a Louisville Slugger up side your head, over Lie's martial drumming. It's like Six Feet Under, but with a lot more spunk.



The song construction and the band's delivery are pretty meat and potatoes – though there brief flights of guitar fancy on the title track and “Horrors In The House of Remains” - but they certainly get the job done on both counts with undeniable authority. And the vocal teamwork Lee and company more often than not is genuinely savage and depraved, perfectly capturing the horrors being described within.
Track Listing

1. Anthropophagist Inferno
2. Modern Day Cannibal
3. Chainsaw Carnage
4. Horrors in the House of Human Remains
5. Chewed, Mauled & Gnawed
6. Il Sesso Bizzarro di Cannibali
7. Chrome Skull
8. Below a Murder of Carrion Crows
9. Carnivore Beneath
10. Untold Story: Human Pork Bun
11. Cannibal Crematorium

Lineup

Kam Lee - vocals
Ronnie Björnström - guitars
Morgan Lie - drums

Other reviews

» Feast Of Flesh
by Erich

» Cannibal Crematorium
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Cannibal Crematorium
by Peter Atkinson


Next review: » Bone Gnawer - Feast Of Flesh
Previous review: » Bonded By Blood - Feed The Beast





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