Self​-​titled

by Gnaw Bone

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GNAW BONE's debut self-titled EP is a bludgeoning lesson in pre-history, detailing in distinct tones & tongues the perpetual struggle of survival and dominance that has existed since the dawn of time. Over the course of 4 tracks and roughly 20 minutes, GNAW BONE bask in the punishing mortality of the natural order by evoking moments of crushing doom, murky sludge, blackened metal, and full on dissonant noise with reckless abandon, passing from one form to another like a parasitic ooze.

Although merely a duo of guitar and drums, GNAW BONE lay waste to fuller bands by employing a dense and distorted sonic arsenal comprised of vintage amp walls and cascading stages of harsh fuzz and pitch-shifting effects. The percussion of GNAW BONE is utterly primitive - intense and pummeling yet with an equilibrium of technicality. As a final layer of odious intent, GNAW BONE is fleshed out by harshly-shrieked vocals coated in a wall of saturation, delivered using a linguistic style that parallels each track’s subject matter, ranging from primitive minimalism to eloquent prose.

The album opens with "Initium," an intricate and sprawling track whose chaos perfectly mirrors its message of Earth's formation - "iron & flames, boiling rain, volcanic plains, the first of days" - and it strikes a balance between furious blast beats with abrasive riffing and glacially-paced sludge promoting subsonic worship. "Prime Ape" moves forward in the evolutionary timeline, and exists as a stream-of-conscious narrative from a tool-making, prey-hunting ancestor in a bleak and unforgiving world. Repetitive heavy chords lead to a swampy rhythm before exploding in stripped down black metal and hints of melodic reserve, only to return to its trudging roots. “Beasts of Burden” begins with a haunting melody of melancholy that builds into a suspenseful and dynamic story of a man learning the power of the natural world through an encounter with a wild bison. In the end, GNAW BONE fully realize their sadistic vision with “Wretched Bag of Bones,” a cannibalistic anthem which revels in the act of consuming flesh. It displays GNAW BONE in their most primal form, tedious in monotony but seething with unbridled aggression, as they proclaim “we will rip the flesh from your bones, and gnaw on the marrow, and watch your eyes as the life escapes from them.”

- Auris Apothecary

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Released as a limited edition cassette on Auris Apothecary & Sygil Records.

www.AurisApothecary.org
www.SygilRecords.com

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credits

released September 9, 2016

Recorded live at the Artifex Guild by Gnaw Bone April 2016 CE.

Mixed at the Artifex Guild by Gnaw Bone May 2016 CE.

Mastered by James Plotkin June 2016 CE.

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www.theArtifexGuild.org
www.PlotkinWorks.com

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Thank you to John Dawson for the microphones.

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Gnaw Bone Bloomington, Indiana

A | Rhythm
B | Noise & Voice

GNAW BONE is a duo which channels the primitive power of the natural world through monolithic tones and pummeling rhythms. Insanely saturated
distortion and thunderous percussion construct a sonic skeleton that is filled with organs of filthy doom,
crust, sludge, and black metal to form a powerful creature of distinctly malevolent intentions.
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Track Name: Initium
iron & flames
boiling rain
volcanic plains
the first of days

crust of stone
core of bone
ancient throne
earthen tome

initium
Track Name: Prime Ape
prime ape walks through dark lands
prime ape make tool with hands
prime ape hunt for fresh flesh

prime ape is me
prime ape is you
prime ape are we

fresh flesh

wounded prey make easy meal for me
no green flowers only meat for me

prime ape walks through dark lands
prime ape make tool with hands
prime ape hunt for fresh flesh

prime ape is me
prime ape is you
prime ape are we
prime ape is everyone

prime ape walks through dark lands
Track Name: Beasts of Burden
the hunt begins

he stood in the tall grass and stared across the plains
when a bison with blackened eyes cut through his gaze
a soul heavier than the fur its flesh adorned
like a bog in muck his feet did bore

the beast approached, burdened by no man
in a voice like a bellow from the core of a mountain, it spoke:

“get off my fucking land or i will crush your skull
beneath my cloven hoof i will spill your blood”

the hunt has ended
Track Name: Wretched Bag of Bones
crunch crunch. yum yum.
crunch crunch. yum yum.

we will rip the flesh from your bones
and gnaw on the marrow
and watch your eyes
as the life escapes from them