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White Bone Rattle – Far Beyond The Settled Mind

March 24, 2011 by  

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White Bone Rattle – Far Beyond The Settled Mind

NAME: White Bone Rattle
EP: Far Beyond The Settled Mind
DATE: 21March2011

LABEL: Tin Robot Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Churchill would say ‘Ooooooh yes!’

LOCATION: Maidstone, Kent

LINE UP: David Hayfield (vox), Mark Hayfield (bass & vox), Jamie Chrisp (guitar), Liam Chrisp (drums)


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Classic rock has had a long and fruitful life. Many genres have attempted killing it off, some even teaming up to try and get the job done. But nonetheless, necrophiliacs in their Bieber t-shirts will have to wait, as topsoil of the premature grave continues to be ruptured by the emergence of an immortal pair of devil horns lying beneath. This time the horns are out for Kent’s very own White Bone Rattle.

Laced with the signature poise of Zeppelin riffs, Sabbath wails and the crunch of The Cult, the four-piece undertake their latest EP, Far Beyond The Settled Mind, with purpose. Orchestrated by a beckoning opening riff, first track ‘Rise With The Morning’ provides a staple for what is yet to unravel, as a lone charging riff is enough to forebode the zeal. Contrasting this colossal energy is a minimal verse, where the band introduces melodic and almost hauntingly sonorous vocals. This brooding continues on ‘Dallas Rabbit’ and ‘Wait For The Sun To Rise’ as White Bone Rattle showcase their ability to fuse titanic riffs with intersections of ominous vocal harmonies reminiscent of Staley/Cantrell of Alice In Chains.

Whilst the understated production provided on the record could be seen as an ode to the raw energy produced by their classic rock forefathers, it rather leaves them trailing their contemporaries such as Wolfmother and Band of Skulls, who have benefited through a final gloss before packaging. Nevertheless, Far Beyond The Settled Mind could not do much more to build anticipation for the release of their first full-length later this year. It’s just a pity it’s a bit late for Guitar Hero.

SOUNDS LIKE: Wolfmother, Band of Skulls, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Dead Weather, The Cult

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You’re frustrated that Led Zeppelin are taking so bloody long to release ‘Led Zeppelin X’.


Submitted By Matt Goodwin



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