Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bonedome: Thinktankubator


Music: Bonedome: Thinktankubator
Our Take

Bonedome is one of those bands whose music contains a little bit of
everything rock related. On their debut effort, the group has elements of
classic rock, progressive rock, and alternative rock (among others) all
mixed into one cohesive sound. While this may sound as though it is going to
result in a very disjointed effort, the band’s debut effort Thinktankubator
is actually a very layered effort that will have listeners analyzing every
single song just to find out what influences it pulls from. And although
there are some slightly weaker tracks, the overall album is very strong and
should keep people interested.

Despite the fact that almost every song on Thinktankubator has a slightly
different sound from the last all of the tracks fit in with one another and
nothing is ever thrown at the listener that seems unnatural or out of place.
Bonedome clearly is interested in always offering something new, as one
minute they might be playing old school progressive rock while the next they
are playing more modern alternative rock. There’s certainly a lot to like,
as the instrumentalists put a lot of emphasis on creating catchy melodic
riffs that make all of their different styles to stick with listeners.
Admittedly there is a song or two where the sounds just kind of fade into
the background and don’t grab your attention, but as a whole this album does
stand out.

Vocalist Allan Hayslip sounds as though he was ripped out of the halls of
classic rock as his singing is very reminiscent of a number of rock
vocalists from the late 60’s and early 70’s. Hayslip is backed up by some of
the other musicians and this is often used to create some very cool
harmonies. What is even more impressive is how he is able to adapt his style
to fit all of the different instrumental arrangements without sounding
awkward. Despite the fact that his voice gives Bonedome a slight retro vibe,
this doesn’t make the group sound dated at all and actually helps them out.

Thinktankubator is a very interesting release that manages to mix retro and
modern rock together to create material that should attract listeners both
young and old. There is still some room for the band to grow and continue to
expand on all of their various instrumental styles but as of right now they’re
still memorable. Look for Bonedome to be in a lot more places in the next
few years as they have lots of potential.


Chris Dahlberg
April 20, 2010

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