Bone Palace Ballet | Equal Vision
By DAVID BOFFA  |  November 19, 2007
2.5 2.5 Stars
This Flint (Michigan) post-hardcore sextet get their name from three Italian filmmaker brothers best known for an ultra-campy 1988 horror flick (Killer Klownsfrom Outer Space) about extraterrestrial clowns taking over Earth, and their sophomore album is named after a collection of macabre Charles Bukowski poems. As for the music, saccharine arena-rock ballads about girls coexist with brutal guitar-driven thrashes. Vocalist Craig Owens’s vacillation between screamed vocals and glass-shattering high-pitched tones on “The Undertaker’s Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable” represents the emocore style that made Chiodos Warped Tour darlings. The prog-rockish guitar leads and piano transitions in “Life Is a Perception of Your Own Reality” move on to less thrashy pastures, though the string-trio interlude in “Teeth the Size of Piano Keys” seems out of place amid the hardcore breakdown that ends that song. Just a small downside to an otherwise strong album that finds Chiodos broadening their musical foundation.

Chiodos + Emery + Scary Kids Scaring Kids + The Devil Wears Prada | Roxy, 279 Tremont St, Boston | November 27 | 617.931.2000
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