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Stonecast: I Earther

Stonecast open I Earther, with “Captors of Insanity” a powerful track with deep influences of Sepultura (and I wish more bands would take their lead) but with a vocalist with more traditional heavy metal sound. The second track “Goddess of Rain” is a super example of melding a Helloweenish guitar lead with a power metal tempo and everyone easier following suit. The percussion on this track is astounding in its speed and incredible timing like it was physically holding the song together.

“The Earther” is connected to the title and is the primary theme of post-apocalyptic survival. Major kudos to the guitar work which by this point in the album is beyond progressive metal homage and goes straight to their version of hybrid power metal. “Forevermore” is an acoustic number short and Poe-influenced that seeks to move the album story forward. It doesn’t succeed mainly because I, Earther is far too short to be a strong concept contender.

“Precipice to Hell” is a Megadeth-flavored rocket that shifts gears and flies fast off into a more melodic metal tune catchy and completely convincing any naysayer of Stonecast ability to bring a bit of yesterday and turn it into someone wonderful today. The vocals on this song are a perfect palette of operatic power and control.

The album closes with an near epic song “Stainless” that has shadings of early Queensryche yet truly connects the various dots of this group that manages to sound interesting and unique while still sharing their love of metal history. Stonecast deserves enormous credit for instilling grand themes in a more compact offering. This a band that will only continue to grow and gain a larger following.

Track List:

  1. Captors of Insanity 4:45
  2. Goddess of Rain 3:55
  3. The Chekokee 7:36
  4. The Earther 5:58
  5. Animal Reign 4:25
  6. Forevermore 1:46
  7. Precipice to Hell 4:57
  8. Resistance 7:25
  9. Stainless 6:35

Added: March 31st 2019
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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