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Bison B.C. - Dark Ages

Mike Kemp
Mike Kemp 13 April 2010 at 14.00

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Every bit as beefy and imposing as their namesake...

Sounding every bit as beefy and imposing as their namesake, Bison B.C. are for those who like their metal heavy, their riffs huge, and their beards dirty and unkempt. The Vancouver four-piece have been kicking around for a few years, but it’s only now, with their third studio offering, that they’ve really hit their stride. For clear proof of this you need look no further than opening salvo ‘Stressed Elephant’. Simultaneously crushing and anthemic, it’s the sound of Mastodon or Baroness rediscovering their inner sludge band, only with better vocals and more French horn. The emotastically titled ‘Melody, This Is For You’ is similarly epic, its winding instrumental intro giving way to a dizzying rush of infectious punk-metal vibes. The Slayer-esque overtones of ‘Take The Next Exit’ provide a throwback to the band’s thrashing past, while ‘Wendigo Pt. 3 (Let Him Burn)’ finds them tearing out the kitchen sink and hurling it around the room with gleeful abandon. Granted, some listeners may find it all a little overwhelming, but with flawless musicianship and thoroughly bad-ass riffs lurking round every corner, ‘Dark Ages’ has much to offer the discerning metal head. Canada’s answer to Mastodon, anyone?

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