Following on from 2010 debut All Our Kings Are Dead, Young Guns continue with the morbid sobriquets on Bones, a steely summary of granite-like stoicism. Whether it be the intensely compressed, gritty wall of sound guitars that ring-fence the album or the big ‘hell yeah!’ choruses that beat at its heart, Bones is the kind of record to tug rock music to its feet and keep it soldiering on. Both Dearly Departed and the title track boast standout hooks, cutting across with viper-like accuracy. Brutal, anthemic, scimitar-sharp; the LP seems less crafted in a studio than beaten out raw from a blacksmith’s forge. Far more than mere bones, the Young Guns’ effort is coursing with the blood and muscle of upstart passion.
Download: Dearly Departed / Bones / Learn My Lesson
Bones is released on the 6th February.