From: Olympia, Washington, USA
Lazy equation: Old school death metal + a soupcon of extreme hardcore
Thrash Hits verdict: When we first heard Bone Sickness via a couple of crummy YouTubings of a house show, we knew that they were a great prospect. Once we got in touch and did this interview it was clear that their no-nonsense death metal is as influenced by not wanting to do certain things as it is by their musical heroes. In terms of what their influences are, we’ll do you the service of not listing the 100 bands they gave us and just assure you that their knowledge of death metal is vast, deep and loving. The elements of grindcore and extreme hardcore found in their music add something extra; something special. This quartet, all in their early-to-mid-20s could really be onto something. Keep your ears peeled.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Intense. Pummeling. Terrifying.
How did you meet?
Sam [Osborne, vocals] and I [Mitch Martin, drums] have been friends since he attended a show that my old hardcore band, Sentenced To Death played. We became friends due to our interest in the same music. Olympia is not known for having ‘metal’ musicians or those into playing more aggressive styles of music. Rusty [Graeff, bass] ended up in the band after our original guitarist, Ben left for graduate school. Chase [Slaker, guitar] played bass in a crummy thrash metal band that Bone Sickness played with. He was interested in the band and he was also a killer guitarist. We ended up jamming with him a few times. Knowing he could write great riffs and was just generally easy to get along with, we ended up kicking out our original guitarist and replacing him with Chase.
What made you want to start a band?
Sam and I had been trying to start a band for roughly two years before anything actually came together. We had attempted to play various styles as well. After reading Choosing Death and discovering Master, Autopsy, Dr Shrinker, Impetigo and others, we knew it was time to start a death metal band.
Where did the name come from?
Ben had come up with the name. Other names that had been brought forth were not so hot, so when Ben suggested Bone Sickness whilst walking down the street one day, I pleasantly agreed. It comes from the name of a low-budget horror film.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
The absolute best thing would be playing shows. Nothing beats the feeling of playing a genuinely good show.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
Tough question, but I would have to say last show we played in Oakland, California. Great crowd, killer turnout, great reaction.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Repulsion. The band we are still the upmost obsessed with and influenced by. Simply the best.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers? Olympia seems to have a pretty buzzing underground…
None of them. We hate playing Olympia. We enjoy none of the bands, nor do we care about anyone in the “scene”. When we started we were definitely very unaccepted and shunned and to an extent we still are. Olympia is based more on the social aspect and where you lie with certain people. When we started, we wanted to stay completely away from that. We wanted to be a band based purely around music and not self important ideology or whatever else.
What other band should everyone find out about?
I can’t just name one so I will name off the current bands that Bone Sickness supports and enjoys: LIVING DECAY, INNUMERABLE FORMS, NECROT, VASTUM, ACEPHALIX, LAWLESS, SCOLEX, CHRONIC TOMB, CRIMINAL CODE and ANHEDONIST.
Google them at your own risk. Bone Sickness have just released their debut album, Alone in the Grave on 12″ vinyl which will cost a shedload to ship to the UK, but it might be worth it if you like them. Otherwise just go click on their Facebook page and keep up with how awesome they are.