A sombre image of the aftermath of a forest fire is what introduces listeners to Whale Bones‘ latest project, Island Fire. Like the cover art itself, the music therein is mysterious, aggressive, and serene. Whale Bones, the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Nathan Kane, showed massive potential back in 2015 with the release of their E.P. The Seaside. They played around with a mixture of alt-rock and emo that, although heavily influenced, demonstrated that the band had a firm grasp of their craft. Island Fire takes their sound a step further as it introduces elements of post-rock and hardcore (think The Classic Crime) to their musical palette. The record was also produced, written, and recorded independently which is an impressive feat when taken into account just how pristine the record sounds.
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