Published Apr 11, 2014Denver, CO's Of Feather And Bone positively revel in their challenging ugliness. Combining crust with grind and hardcore with punk, their latest EP Adorned in Decay is a collection of five squalling, stomping tracks that attempt to compress as much electric anxiety and aggression into as small a space as possible. The acerbic, acid-etched tone is reminiscent of Nails, with a more schizophrenic take on structure. The rapid changes in time signature and tempo are often dizzying, whiplashing from grind chaos to deep, draconian stomps.
It's challenging music, to be sure — "Deprivation," in particular, is relentless — but as much as it demands everything from the listener, it also wrings every drop of sweat and emotion and technical skill from the band members in the process. Adorned in Decay allows the listener to make the kind of connection that is only possible through a shared, gruelling experience, a trial to be endured. (Mind Melt Records)