Riding the crest of the British emo-rock wave, High Wycombe five-piece Young Guns' 2010 debut, All Our Kings Are Dead, offered little to differentiate the group from the likes of You Me at Six, Kids in Glass Houses, or the countless other bands that have cornered the Kerrang! market since the rise of Lostprophets. Despite frontman Gustav Wood's claims that their second album, Bones, recorded in locations as diverse as a luxury studio in Thailand and a shed in the small village of Little Marlow, is something of a rebirth, the majority of its 12 tracks encounter exactly the same indistinguishable problems as their first. Their ability to create full-throttle, ear-shattering stadium rock anthems is never in doubt, as evident on the rabble-rousing call-and-response nu metal title track, the aggressive glam-tinged punk of "Towers (On My Way)," and the propulsive Foo Fighters-esque opener, "I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die.
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