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Broken Bones

Broken Bones: F.O.A.D. [reissue]F.O.A.D. [reissue] (2005)
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Broken Bones may very well be the most influential band to punk and hardcore that you've never heard before. They don't get the recognition of any of the punk and hardcore heavyweights of the 1980s, but they damn sure deserve it. Everything about F.O.A.D. displays a band flying by the seat of their .
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Broken Bones may very well be the most influential band to punk and hardcore that you've never heard before. They don't get the recognition of any of the punk and hardcore heavyweights of the 1980s, but they damn sure deserve it. Everything about F.O.A.D. displays a band flying by the seat of their pants and creating some of the most raucous punk rock the world had ever heard.

This re-issue of their 1987 classic sounds just as intense and just as anthemic now as ever before -- 20 songs of pure, unadulterated grit and â??fuck you' attitude that does not let up. Broken Bones were one of the first bands to start crossing over the worlds of metal, hardcore, and punk, as their extremely aggressive sound required something that wasn't done being a lot at the time. It's quite clear from these recordings that this was one four-piece that was not at all content with the status quo.

The bratty vocals came from a man affectionately known as Nobby, and this rousing delivery knew no speed other than full ahead. Not slowing for so much as a second, he and the rest of the band blaze through these songs with a toughness and a precision as impressive now was 20 years ago.

Where the band excelled most, though, was mixing that rough-and-tumble punk attitude with some extremely impressive metal riffing. Mixing those two elements wasn't something that was at all prevalent during the time, but the band attacked these songs as if they'd been doing it for 20 years running. The distorted riffs of songs like "Kick Down the Doors" often had to make way for the solos that would often inject some new life into the already energetic sound. This particular solo came after a quick bass bridge and lit a proverbial fire under the band as during the solo, the drums intensified and so did the rhythm underneath to create an even faster and harder sound than was already being played. Once Nobby's vocals re-entered the fold things slowed back to the previous pace, but kept a fevered pitch of intensity that carried into the buzzing dissonance and shout-alongs of "Teenage Kamikaze." This time the solo comes about halfway through and is followed by a repeated chorus before the track abruptly cuts off. Broken Bones are able to switch the song lengths and structures up with ease, all the while keeping the volume at 11 and the intensity at three times that.

This re-release also features 10 live tracks that give a great window into how the band performed live. As you might have guessed, they don't lose a step, if anything, actually kicking the energy up a few more notches to really make a statement.

They don't make â??em like this anymore, much to not only my dismay but the dismay of anyone who likes their punk rock as angry and full of vigor as humanly possible. Broken Bones had what it took to get that done in every facet of their songwriting, and this record is their testament.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
eyeslikebombs (February 1, 2007)

Honest question:

Would you consider Down To Nothing or Have Heart crossover? This isn't directed to anyone in particular, I'm just curious.

Anonymous (January 31, 2007)

"what! the english dogs are not cross over thrash! dude, please"

Yeah they are. So are Broken Bones. Crossover happened all over the world, and they don't sound like US crossover (the kind that's being regurgitated these days), but to deny the huge metal influence in English Dogs, Broken Bones, and even later Discharge would be weird since those bands had huge amounts of their fans based in the metal scene.

-Will

ilikepunkrock (January 31, 2007)

This band is way too hardcore, I was going to see them because I thought it was a streetpunk show and all of the other bands on the bill were streetpunk and then this kid played me their CD and I didn't go because it sucked.

Anonymous (January 31, 2007)

i think he said it just to piss him off

SilentStorms (January 31, 2007)

I think that you took Anchors' "never heard" quote a little too literally. He means MOST people, not everyone. Fer fucks sake.

SilentStorms (January 31, 2007)

Thanks Will!

As I disregarded said comment. Obviously.

Anonymous (January 31, 2007)

I knew I was under their scrutiny, the whole party really sucked

usapsychos (January 30, 2007)

Broken Bones are my favorite band ever to have ever combined Punk and Metal in their music. This band would go on to influence a lot of bands includiing Slayer(who openly admit that they love Punk), Metallica, and almost every other UK punk band of the mid to late 80s. Broken Bones and English Dogs really did go into dangerous territory during their days with their music.

Anonymous (January 30, 2007)

what! the english dogs are not cross over thrash! dude, please.

Anonymous (January 30, 2007)

"Broken Bones may very well be the most influential band to punk and hardcore that youâ??ve never heard before."

1) I actually have heard them (and this album) before. They aren't an obscure band. Most people who listen to Discharge have at least heard Broken Bones for the reason feeding stated below me.

2) Broken Bones are good, but nothing great. If you like Discharge, you'll like this.

3) They aren't that influential. Unless you're talking about spikey hair d-beat metal bands. Most crust sounds more like Discharge and most crossover thrash sounds more like the English Dogs.

-Will

Anonymous (January 30, 2007)

You didn't mention the Discharge connection: Bones (Broken Bones's guitarist and core member) was the original guitarist for Discharge.
-feeeding5000

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 30, 2007)

fuck yes, BROKEN BONES!!!

notfeelingcreative (January 30, 2007)

"They donâ??t make â??em like this anymore,.."

So true, great band, great album.

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