SUNS OF STONE - II
(Bad Reputation Records)
Review by Sloof
Guitar riffs inspired by the blues, arrangements where power and rock is present all the time, honest lyrics about everyday life and a vocalist that has a hoarse voice. Let me welcome you to Suns Of Stone, hailing from Canada!
It all started when Jimmy and Alex formed a band prior to Suns Of Stone, and after recruiting vocalist Alan, they teared down the roof with an extraordinary version of Deep Purple’ ‘Space Trucking’. There was magic in the air, there was chemistry born, so they decided to start all over with a new band, that was the time Suns Of Stone was born! The quest for a bass player started and finally Andrew completed the lineup. First goal was to play the smaller pubs and clubs in the Ottawa area (we speak 2012), but quickly the band expanded their ways to nearby cities and larger venues.
A first EP was recorded, followed by a first full length album (we speak 2013). Now it’s time to broaden their horizons with a second album, aiming for the stars and beyond as they want to see the world, and we’re talking about short time limit! Classic Hard Rock is always and will always be the cradle of many different music styles. If you want to compete, you have to be good, very good, and Suns Of Stone are beyond that level! The new album covers 11 tracks and has a playing time of 40 minutes, which is perfect to give you a shot of energy, a Rock’n Roll boost that will keep you going for hours!
‘Had To Let You Go’ opens with furious guitars, where Rock’n Roll is very close to Blues Rock. Some more direct aggression can be found in ‘Black Cat’, while some mystic elements are present in a lesser direct track ‘Head Down’. We go back in time with ‘My Temple’ where the whiskey and pubs are glorified! Some good old Ted Nugent is lurking behind the corner in the song ‘Fool For Ruin’ and we end this album is a modest mode with the song ‘Self Restraint’. Suns Of Stone is a bunch of musicians that have a passion for Rock with a Bluesy twist but with enough power and strength to appeal to a lot of music adepts. The vocals of Alan are really enjoyable and they fit with the arrangement!
Their first album scored 90/100, and I have the idea that the new material is of equal quality. A fair deal and score results in the same rating! Purchase at: http://www.cargo-records.de/en/item/93515/katalog_art.123.html Suns Of Stone Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunsofstone/
My rating: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish