13 April 2010
by Mike Strata
Good band names are, clearly, very hard to come by, and whilst “Bison b.c.” may not be top of the band-name class, they certainly deserve some extra points for choosing a name which perfectly evokes their sound. Whether their inspiration comes from the bovine beast of the same name, or perhaps the rock-hard end boss from Streetfighter II, there’s no doubt that the noise the band creates on Dark Ages is as heavy, muscular and powerful as either of their possible namesakes. Emerging from the same primordial stew as their sonic cousins Mastodon and Baroness, Bison b.c. serve up a heady mixture of metal and sludge with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. A mixture which, in theory at least, sounds more than promising….but in reality there’s an unshakeable feeling that something is missing.