BoneHawk (Iron Mountain)

Crank this to 8.8 of 11

Released: 2020

Genre: Stoner Rock

Sounds Like: Freedom Hawk, Ape Machine, The Heavy Eyes

Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, BoneHawk deliver some fresh and uplifting stoner rock to help lift our spirits during these crazy f'ed up times. The foursome have tightened and polished their sound from 2014's Albino Rhino. This previous release had a more raw stoner vibe in vein of early Black Keys. Iron Mountain shows the band expanding upon their fuzz and bringing in a more fluent stoner feel. Vocalist and guitarist Matt Helt shines on this album as he brings fourth a clean and triumphant feel to the music. These songs flow brilliantly and feel effortless as they just stick with you; making for the perfect road trip album.


Track Listing:

1. Mongrel 04:25

2. Summit Fever 03:56

3. Iron Mountain 03:52

4. Strange Magic 04:50

5. Wildfire 05:35

6. Fire Lake 03:46

7. Thunder Child 03:37

8. Future Mind 04:15

9. Lake of the Clouds 08:18


Standout Track(s):

Impossible task, but we may go with "Fire Lake" with it's infectious chorus and backing vocals and the inspiring "Iron Mountain will wrap you up in their soaring fuzz bliss. Plus, we cannot forget "Strange Magic," this tune took a few plays to really stick with us. The chorus is repeated often, but becomes buried in your mind.


Adult Beverage Pairing:

Grab some Galaxy Juice Quest by Tin Barn Brewing in Sugar Loaf, NY. The Orange County, NY based brewery fairly new and has hit the ground running. This 9.2% triple New England IPA is loaded with tastes of pineapple, tangerine and oranges, yet it's not overwhelming to the senses and is rather smooth. A perfect companion to Iron Mountain.


ROTATION RECAP:

Captivation and Variety

9.2 out of 11


Vocal Performance

9 out of 11


Weight of the Heavy

8.9 out of 11


Fretwork Prowess

9.1 out of 11


Overall Album Flow

9 out of 11


Contrast

8.8 out of 11


Album Cover Aesthetics

8.9 out of 11


Production Value

9.1 out of 11


Band Members:

Matt Helt -Vocals/Guitar

Nate Cohn - Drums

Cam Mammina - Guitar

Matt Smith - Bass/Vocals


Final Thoughts:

BoneHawk has taken off and continues to soar to new heights. Iron Mountain has lifted our spirits as each passing rotation gets better and becomes and more addictive. Released through the ever growing label Cursed Tongue Records, this album is a must for your heavy collection.


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