Bossk are one of the greatest British bands of recent years. It is a bold statement to open a review with but for me it’s an undeniable truth. Before their split in 2008 they racked up some impressive support slots including Cult of Luna, Capricons and Baroness. They reformed in 2012 and released a modern classic in Audio Noir last year in April. What a large portion of their fan base have lusted after was a vinyl reissue of their early material and luckily the band gave into the demand and will be releasing a remastered version of I and II on the 24th February through British record label/gold mine Holy Roar Records.
Bossk’s remaster is the best thing I’ve heard this year so far. It’s an awe-inspiring astral voyage made by the best band to come out of Kent. I starts the record off with a majestic sixteen minute epic instrumental that takes the listener on a journey through the unknown regions of space. Despite its length, at no point does it lose interest. II is a much longer beast but this time vocalist Sam Marsh makes an appearance. Marsh’s subdued screams are a welcome addition to the song, sounded primal yet tortured.
‘Define’ features riffs that would not be out of a place on a Red Fang or Clutch album – it’s the weakest song on the album but it is far from a bad one. Finale ‘Truth’ is an emotional finish to the album with Marsh’s screams resembling a wave crashing against the rocks. The addition of the clean vocals which contrast Marsh add a new weight to the song, giving it an extra sense of gravitas. The spacey outro brings an image of Marsh screaming into a black hole as the music fades out into oblivion.
A jaw-dropping release from one of Britain’s finest exports. Bossk started the year off to a fantastic start with an album that is inspirational, beautiful and life affirming.
Tom Begley – Bass
Nick Corney – Drums
Sam Marsh – Vocals
Alex Hamilton – Guitar
Rob Vaughan – Guitar, Vocals