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Saturday, August 30, 2008

CD Review: Felonious Bosch - New Dark Ages

Felonious Bosch - New Dark Ages
2008, Omnium Records

Felonious Bosch treads some of the same waters as Boiled In Lead. Both bands come from the Minneapolis music scene, although Felonious Bosch definitely has a darker sound. On 2008's New Dark Ages, Felonious Bosch accentuate their strengths with (primarily) Celtic influenced folk/rock tunes

Far and away the class of New Dark Ages is Behind The Wall Of Sleep, which sounds appropriately like an Irish Funeral Dirge. The stark and stagnant beauty of this tune is powerful and alive and will stick with you long after the last strains of its melody have died away. Other highlights include Valle, Better Days, Ode To Billy Christ and Drunken Brawl.

Felonious Bosch may be something of a niche band. They are a little too dark for your typical Celtic and folk fans but are incredibly talented and can turn a tune in amazing directions right before your ears. New Dark Ages is a bit uneven but generally successful. If you like Boiled In Lead (see review of Silver), then you'll probably like Felonious Bosch, even if it is a few steps further down that road. Check out New Dark Ages, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Felonious Bosch at, where you can purchase a copy of New Dark Ages.

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