FIRST REVIEW OF THE NEW NON PROFITABLE PAGE:
UK’s Very own and VERY Talented STONE BROKEN!!
STONE BROKEN are a 4-piece HARD ROCK, POST-GRUNGE band from Walsall, UK
Formed in late 2013 from the fragments of 2 local bands, and are here with the explosive debut album: ALL IN TIME, available from the bands page, Spotify and YouTube.
After being introduced to these just over a week ago, I contacted the band immediately to organize a review and online interview via email.
With a very unique sound that has similar sounding elements to BLACK STONE CHERRY, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, early NICKELBACK, ART OF DYING and LIFEHOUSE with a very modern twist, making STONE BROKEN a treat for any HARD ROCK or POST-GRUNGE fans out there. From the opening track NOT YOUR ENEMY it unleashes a modern style ROCK sound that you just instantly get in the groove with. We will be getting to a track by track review in just a second. Upon releasing the album they have begun a UK tour opening for acts such as THE TREATMENT and NASHVILLE PUSSY, not to mention, opening the HARD ROCK HELL HAMMERFEST in just a short time.
STONE BROKEN played a sold out album launch show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, in December. They now have plans for a UK-wide tour throughout March/April/May/June with dates already booked in for Manchester, Birmingham, Evesham, Wakefield, Wolverhampton, London – all of which will be announced real soon.
TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW:
NOT YOUR ENEMY:
The opening track from the album wastes no time in getting right into the groove that I spoke of above, lyrically this song is as solid as you’d think it gets but you’ll find upon purchasing this album it gets better and better as it goes on, from the lyrics what I get from this song is it’s potentially about someone that your only trying to help but they don’t want the help or alternatively a dysfunctional relationship that’s going nowhere but they don’t want to break up cause they are happy where they are, ‘I’m trying not to fight cause I’m not your enemy, I won’t make a sound’. Explaining NOT YOUR ENEMY
Following the opening track is
BETTER: Keeping the up tempo and fast paced rhythm almost following the story of the previous song, explaining to ‘stop wishing your life away, stop thinking of yesterday, that you can do better ‘if you don’t get up and start living your life it’ll pass you by, so forget the past and move on. Once again lyrically this song is polished off perfectly.
BE THERE: Lyrically this whole album is about letting go, moving on and getting to know yourself. Onto the third track and it takes a slower pace but still has a pretty upbeat Chorus the track Be There suggesting regardless if not there in person that they’ll always be there in spirit, this is where I want to take some time and talk about the music of this track it’s the first ballad of the album and the solo suggests just that if you hadn’t picked up on it, combined as a perfect ballad.
LET ME GO: Brings us right back into the same fast paced feel that just makes you wanna jump about, this one in particular musically stood out to me as the guitaring is a nice down tuned sound with a perfectly placed pinch in the opening riff and bridge, also the drumming in this particular song is hit right on the head, the solo is set fantastically inline with the rhythm and brings us right back to the chorus, once again lyrically which I can’t stress enough is on the nose!
WAIT FOR YOU: Is the second ballad and for me as a personal view on this song it really hit hard for me, vocals and lyrics are a prior point to me as a musician and this song in the right mind-frame is beautiful, also the not as technical as usual guitaring is a pleasant change to break the album halfway through it’s all about following your heart and settling for nothing but what it wants you’ll wait as long as it takes, the drumming here also is fantastically placed with the song and ballads are one thing that is hard to fit drums into nicely without it sounding sloppy but, effortlessly is done here.
SAVE TOMORROW: Is a surprisingly heavy sounding power ballad is the best way to describe, the verse is nice and slow but the chorus nails it it’s heavy, it’s a nice paced song, this is probably what you’d call the ‘driving song’ off the album, during the second and the last chorus is where it shines for me as you find harmonics that just can’t be found anywhere else on this album with lyrics also like Lead Blind, I will follow, leave behind, save tomorrow it’s another one of those mistakes are to be left kind of songs.
THIS LIFE: Keeping the beat fast this is another song that honestly anyone with any sort of troubles should really listen to with the closing line ‘I’m not gonna waste this life’ its a great wake-up call to those that think, they can’t better their life!.
ANOTHER DAY: One of my if not my personal favorite on the album spoke to me more than any other off this another Ballad but acoustic with a distorted chorus which is fantastic, this for me is about finding that perfect one but not being able to tell them just how you feel or being too late this is the track I can hear on every other radio station out there, then goes onto suggesting it works out but after the break up they still haven’t come to terms with the loss, alternatively this could be coping with a loss, either way this song spells success alone!
FALL BACK DOWN: High octane head banging, fist pumping, heart pounding track which for me is another really relative song, sounding like finally getting over that one that I do believe was this albums story ‘Your telling me its over, but your getting sober, you think its funny when you hit the ground’ ‘Telling me its over, crying on my shoulder’ but never wanna FALL BACK DOWN, seems to be a perfect getting over someone song, in the perfectly proportioned fashion, lyrically this may suggest some Adam Gontier influence
here personally in my opinion.
STAY ALL NIGHT: You may think this is some sleazy Motley Crue type song but no you couldn’t be farther from right, for those familiar with SAVING ABEL, You’ll find this is similar to their first single NEW TATTOO and is a great way to wrap up this album, this also you’ll find musically is very different to the previous 9 as the time signatures are very different to the others tracks all in all I think this band has the potential of massive stardom and if you don’t have this album and are a fan of HARD ROCK or POST-GRUNGE this is a must have for any fan of either, it truly has something for everyone.
STONE BROKEN ARE:
RICH MOSS: LEAD VOCALS AND RHYTHM GUITAR
CHRIS DAVIS – LEAD GUITAR AND BACKING VOCALS
KIERON CONROY – BASS AND BACKING VOCALS
ROBYN HAYCOCK – DRUMS AND BACKING VOCALS
I’d like to take a minute to mention these individually as I know most of the review is based on the vocal and guitar work of the band:
RICH: As stated time and time and time again in this review has a very unique sound varying from early NICKELBACK to THEORY OF A DEADMAN!
CHRIS: Guitar skills are just indescribable particularly on SAVE TOMORROW, FALL BACK DOWN and LET ME GO stated in the review, his harmonics and pinches are on point!
KIERON: Bass is a member that really doesn’t get enough credit in a band because realistically they carry the sound from the get go, so huge props for the set tone on this album!
ROBYN: A little piece of information I didn’t put in upon the review because I believe as musicians are all equal but ROBYN is in fact a female drummer which its fantastic to see female talent in the rock scene and she can certainly play with style!