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An Album Startling the Lines - 86%

tidalforce79, December 25th, 2017

Broken Bones are relatively unknown in the metal circle. Part of the reason is classification of albums such as Fuck Off and Die-some consider the album hardcore punk, while others feel that F.O.A.D has crossed over into the realm of thrash. Whatever one might consider the album, it is not your typical punk record (or thrash record for that matter). Broken Bones have very successfully remained on the ambiguous line between two musical styles.

The title track kicks off this classic, with a nice melodic intro. Even if one was to consider this a hardcore punk record, the interesting melody cannot be considered typical. When the song kicks into full gear, we get a familiar punk styled riff, yet with a touch of heaviness that separates it from the likes of the Sex Pistols or Anti Nowhere League. Songs like “Kick Down the Door” and “Teenage Kamikaze” lean heavier into the realm of punk. Once more; however, not typical punk rock. Every riff on the album will leave the listener questioning musical definition. “Best of Both Worlds” clearly ventures into the thrash realm-the main verse specifically, with a frantic assault, lead by furious drumming. But, the chorus of the song screams punk rock. The constant dichotomy covers new ground within both musical styles. This is truly an album both the punk and thrash fan can enjoy.

The lyrical content throughout the album is clearly punk in origin. Instead of songs about death and Satan, the listener is treated to contempt towards society and the difficulty of youth. All staples of punk rock are covered within. Basically, the title of album says it all. If you want politically correct, social lyrics look elsewhere.

One factor that might lead a person to lean towards defining this album as hardcore punk, is the singer. The lyrics are delivered in a typical, “pissed off British” manner, with anger and repulsion lacing each word. Perhaps the band began as a punk rock, and decided to alter their musical style later in their careers. Hypothetical history aside, Nobby does not fit into the definition of a typical thrash vocalist.

The drumming does not serve to aid the listener in distinguishing musical style. Both hardcore punk and thrash metal are often driven by the rapid, Discharge style drum pattern found on F.O.A.D. The bass can be heard clearly in the mix, helping to accent the rhythm section and drive the overall thickness of the band’s sound. A special service should be paid to the guitar work on F.O.A.D. While the riffs are nothing special when it comes to technicality, the guitar solos shine. Tasteful, simple melodies breathe fresh air into the entirety of the album. Generally speaking, both punk rock and thrash metal lack in the solo department-Broken Bones do not follow trend here.

In conclusion, F.O.A.D is highly recommended to both the punk and thrash fan. If anything, the album will serve to expand a person’s musical boundaries.