(Review by Officer Nice)

Sandstone is the kind of band that always releases the good stuff, but will never maintain more attention than they have now. It’s an unfair world, I know… Nevertheless I am quite sure that fans of this band will see how the band keeps on improving. And they are right about it, this band from North Ireland is far too good to be ignored.

And so we have the new and fourth album from these lads in our CD-player. Once more the band delivers us an eye catching front cover and a good produced silver disc, two brands of the band. These guys are working hard for their fans they don’t spoil a single second. Maybe the guest appearance of Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex Iced Earth, ex Winters Bane, Yngwie Malmsteen… ) will give more attention to the band this time.

But to me there’s no need for a band to maintain world domination, I want good Metal in the first place. Sandstone just delivers me the good sounding Metal I want, a bit of a mixture between Power and Progressive with a whole lot of attention for good structured melodies. The band is not only influenced by Metal bands, on several moments I can hear the song writers of Sandstone are into old Progressive Rock as well. Sandstone doesn’t only use a blender to mix all ideas that were taken from their idols, the band adds as much as possible own ingredients into their music. At some points it even sounds a bit neo-classical. Fans of John Arch (ex Fates Warning) should, by the way, take a good listen to this release because this front man’s voice is often similar sounding. Okay, Arch is a God ‘pur sang’ but this is good as well and as above the music is less difficult than what John Arch did on his latest album.

Fans of bands like old Fates Warning and lots of new modern Progressive Power Metal bands like Pagan’s Mind can easily pick this one up. This disc is worth all your well deserved euro’s because of the arrangements, the performances, the way Sandstone stands for quality on every front and in every detail. This record contains superb drums, awesome riff and leads, good vocal performances and songs that demands your attention. I can’t say that every track will take you by the throat at once, not the way the bigger and more popular Progressive Metal bands did before. This isn’t a new “Warning” or “No Exit”, it’s just a very good release from a new generation band. So yes, this disc obliges multiple spins and lots of your energy in a time too many Metal releases are on the market. But it’s worth it, you will discover a real beauty!

My Points: 86 / 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