SUNS OF STONE - SUNS OF STONE (Bad Reputation)
(Review by Sloof)
Add a little blues, add a vocalist with a soar, harsh voice and some skilled musicians that are capable to create a musical atmosphere and you might become Suns Of Stone. This band is hailing from Canada and by far the best release of Bad Reputation Records to date! I was a little worried that the label was going to confirm their name literally, with substandard releases, but this one pushes Bad Reputation a huge step forward into the right direction. This is music like music always should be: honest, pure, and hitting you straight in the heart! Recently I had the honor to receive the latest Spiral Arms album ‘Freedom’.
I was stunned when I heard the first track ‘Dropping Like Flies’, but unfortunately, the quality of the songs declines throughout the album. Well, it looks like ‘Suns Of Stone’ is vice versa. The first track is called ‘Hold On Me’, which is a nice opener that spreads the talent of the band immediately. Let’s say that this track is the one that is easy accessible, followed by ‘Rise Up’. From then on, the quality level increases from highlight to highlight.
This band is influenced by rock giants like The Black Crowes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rival Sons, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. The track ‘Rise Up’ made me think on Rose Tattoo as the vocals of Alan have a little comparison with Angry Anderson, but without being overdone. ‘Stormbringer’ is a logical continuation and ‘Another Dollar’ has a very nice guitar riffing opener.
The quartet of Suns Of Stone are all capable and have the perfect skills to write and entertain a huge crowd of music fans. This is a band with a golden future ahead, they only need to spread their music on a live platform as often as possible. Canada is not exactly nearby, but with these songs, it must be possible to bring them over to European Summer Festivals! The band is also planning to shoot a video for the track ‘Talking To Me’ and that’s a great decision as this track is probably my personal favorite of the moment!
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