Bonehunter describes themselves as “devil metal punk”, and I have to say that that is a pretty appropriate title. The blackened punk thrash fusion in which Bonehunter plays is something that is twisted, chaotic, frenzied and overall very entertaining. Sexual Panic Human Machine is a nine track whirlwind of a release that barrels straight toward your neck once you release the play button. After the intro Awaken the Machine…, Bonehunter provide you with eight bombastic and neck snapping tracks for you to enjoy and revel in. Each track on this release including the intro is sordid, blackened and twisted, and more often than not you will catch yourself headbanging right into oblivion.
After Awaken the Machine…, Bonehunter doesn’t allow you any time at all to relax as they shove eight filthy tracks right down your throat whether you wanted that or not. Each track on this release is forceful and coated with a sinister evil just for good measure. Sexual Panic Human Machine is a heavy and hellish release that you would like to play over and over again as it is just as entertaining as it is heavy. Each track on this record is filled with filthy riffs that are coupled by the occasional scorching solo as well as acrobatic drumming and gravel filled screeches from the vocalist. The backbone to each track is the rumbling bass lines and those can certainly be felt all the way through the release.
Sexual Panic Human Machine is riddled with just the right amount of filth and disgust. It’s the appropriate balance. There isn’t enough for you to not want to listen, but there is just enough to add plenty of grit and grime to present to you one dirty and rocking listen. Once you begin listening you can’t help it but to nod your head and soak up all of the blasphemous filth that Bonehunter has to offer. This outing certainly feels more complete and whole than that of their debut album providing you with an overall solid release and a great listen. Each track is fun to listen to and as far as I go, I didn’t get tired of listening to this record at all.
Overall, Sexual Panic Human Machine is a solid listen. This release is something that is heavy and purely entertaining providing you with one solid listen. The “sophomore slump” doesn’t apply with this record.
Sexual Panic Human Machine will be out August 4, 2017 through Hells Headbangers.
You can pre-order this new slice of metal right here on Bandcamp.