Divebomb vs. Bonesaw

MANSFIELD — The next Newsroom After Hours show this Friday is so hardcore, our newsroom can't contain it. So we moved it downstairs. 

The garage doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the basement of Idea Works, located at 40 W. 4th Street in Mansfield. Find us by way of the West Temple Court alley, between Mulberry and Walnut streets.

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Admission to the show is free and includes complimentary beer and food. Sponsors include Mechanics BankPhoenix Brewing CompanyDoc's Deli and WRDL in Ashland.

Opening the show at 7 p.m. is Bonesaw, led by vocalist Greg Parman. The four-man band also includes guitarist Jeff Lovely, bassist Dan Sauder, and drummer Kevin Sherman. 

For this group, metal isn't just a genre, it's a lifestyle. Parman himself has been deeply engrained in music the likes of Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Metallica for more than 20 years, starting as a teenager in the 1980s. 

"It's hard to explain; Metallica came out with their first album and it was fresh and now, it just grabbed ahold of you. It was the music of the rebellious youth," Parman said. 

"We all had long hair and leather jackets and listened to Anthrax, it's just what we did. There's never been another movement like that." 

Even while some of those teenage friends have moved on from metal, for Parman the relationship has been lifelong. He's kept the long hair and listens to the same albums he did when he was 17. 

Parman has kept that same commitment to his band. The first iteration of Bonesaw came under a different name, "Disruptor," in the 1990s. The current group under the name "Bonesaw" has been together since 2002. 

Parman recognizes metal isn't everyone's taste — but he prefers it that way. 

"People that don't know metal think it's devil music, and that couldn't be further from the truth," he said. "You're missing the whole thing if that's what you think.

"The attraction of metal is you can relate to it, it pulls you in. The lyrics of metal have always been important." 

The musicality of the metal and hardcore genres is also widely misunderstood, said Divebomb vocalist Jake Henry. 

"I remember when I was growing up and listening to music like this, people would say the stereotypical thing of, they're not even playing real music, they're just banging on their instruments and yelling," Henry said.

"If those same people were to try and play some of the stuff Divebomb plays, even if they are a prolific musician they might have a hard time playing what we play," he added. "Every musician in my band is incredibly talented. There's more skill involved than the average person might realize."

Divebomb will close out metal night at Newsroom After Hours starting around 8 p.m. The band has been around since 2014, and includes bassist Tom Hirst, guitarists Austin Moore and Tyler McLaughlin, and drummer Aaron Hill. 

Henry had his introduction to metal at the age of 10, driving around with his older brother and listening to bands like Metallica and Rob Zombie. It sparked an interest that led to playing guitar in high school, then eventually to singing. 

"(Singing) was a lot more satisfying than playing guitar was for me," Henry said. "It was one of those things where I did a feature for another musician, and some friends were like, let's make a real band out of this." 

The musical stylings of Divebomb are vast, mostly hardcore with influences from punk rock, metal and a little bit of hip-hop. The band is in the process of releasing an album now that includes two local hip-hop artists featured on a few songs. 

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