OF FEATHER AND BONE – Bestial Hymns of Perversion
When a band wears their influence on their sleeve loud and proud, and at the same time make good music that feels original, it feels special. Of Feather and Bone do this with Swedish death metal while creating a unique and well-crafted product. Their new album, “Bestial Hymns of Perversion”, just came out, and shows the band creating some solid, well-crafted death metal. “Repulsive Obscurity” opens the album, and has a short ambient intro, before launching into a very fast and heavy opening. The production is rough and fits the sound well. The song is fast paced, with some really solid writing, and is a great opening for the album. Up next is “Resounding from the Depths” which kicks right off with a very fast and heavy intro.
The riffs are well done, as they are on the whole album. “Lust for Torment” has another fast and heavy intro. The opening riff is one of the best on the album. The pace of the song is overall is a bit slower, and is a nice change compared to the previous. This leads into “Mockery of the Ascension” has a quick build up before once again becoming fast and heavy. Unlike previous tracks, the dark tone stands out, giving the song a unique vibe. “Hymn of Perversion” is next, and is a slower, heavy, and well written track that changes pace in the second half, and is the band at their best. The riffs here are solid, and every aspect of the band’s sound working together to create a great track. “Pious Abnormality” has a softer intro that leads into another solid slab of death metal. The band plays with pacing on this one, and does so very well. “Throne of the Serpent” is the last song on the album, and is a nice, if safe way to end the album. This is another trademark song by the band, and while it doesn’t do anything risky, it is a very solid song that does end the album on a good note. This is a very solid album. While at times it plays it a bit safe, at other times the band strays out, and each time they do it pays off. If you like death metal, especially Swedish inspired death metal, this is easily worth checking out.
Overall Score: 8.0/10
Review by Sam Hookom