rating: 2Its hard to define what exactly Bone Dance are, pop on over to their band camp site and there are such tags on show as hardcore, metal, punk, sludge, and tech. Which direction the band wants to go towards is anyones guess as this self-titled record has its fair amount of sludge but not much punk or the kindred spirit that particular genre conveys. Its a record that doesnt stand out from a crowd brimming with averageness and bands that just do what they do and play it safe. Sure, opening track Comfort hits hard and opens like a hardcore album should but its a sign of things to come in terms of originality and overall quality of the vocals. It pretty much just plods along, even if you turn it up to eleven and attempt to get into it theres no real replay factor to speak of. However if youre a fan of this hybrid of hardcore and sludge then this might be the record for you but even then its hard to imagine where the thrills are going to emanate from. http://youtu.be/Eh1u9JvRiFQ The sludge-induced snore fest comes to afore on fourth track Writhing In Ecstasy where it gets to the point that its easier to just switch off and fall asleep than listen to the whining sound and you wonder how hardcore and punk music got so dull. Although in all fairness there does happen to be more excitement on Children Having Children and Barren which are two riotous 2-minute punk songs which begs the question of why the rest of the record couldnt sound like this as it would have been much more fun. What is good about the album is the fact that the band are obviously just doing what they want and arent particularly bothered about anyone else, which is a great thing but its such a shame the music doesnt hold up as there are so many bands out there doing this exact thing and better. If there was just a little more edge to it and the record had some spark and raw emotion instead of the same drivel on each song then it'd be worth a listen but without that it's just another album that will probably fade into the distance before it's even heard by many. Overall its a record which, like its title is a little off-kilter, pretty dull, and enormously uninspiring.