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Stoneface: Stoneface
Stoneface 2108 Debut Album Music Review

Stoneface: Stoneface

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Stoneface is a new band formed by several veterans of the Swedish music scene. Peter Rundstroem (bass), Tom Nilsson (guitars), and Martin Hedberg (drums) were formerly in the band Motherlode (1982-2014). Nilsson got his mates back together to write some new tunes and so, give the crew a name in Stoneface. House Of Shakira's Andreas Novak was brought on as their vocalist.

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Stoneface

Basically, Stoneface offers a mixture of hard rock and heavy metal, built around sharp riffage, thrilling solos, and a strong rhythm section for groove, with all things wrapped up in melody and harmony. If you recall, Novak sings melodic and clean, maybe a bit raspy. But, with all these things, the core of the band and songs definitely revolves around Nilsson's guitar work.

Most every song here starts with his sharp riffage including, by example, Devil's Canyon, Love, Born To Die, or Stoneface. Eventually the rock groove of the rhythm section kicks in, and then all things lead to a Nilsson guitar solo. Actually, it's a predictable formula which, depending on your point of you, can suggest consistency or redundancy. Alternatively, One Day starts with acoustic guitar, suggesting a possible ballad. But things quickly turn sharp and heavy in a very short time. Perhaps the most divergent and interesting song is the opener Madness Of Men. It leads with light piano over synths before dropping into a riff roaring heavy metal rocker. Fundamentally, if you like your heavy metal bristling with sharp riffage, soaring with strong leads, and properly infused with hard rock groove, you will dig Stoneface and their debut album. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

If you like your heavy metal bristling with sharp riffage, soaring with strong leads, and properly infused with hard rock groove, you will dig Stoneface and their debut album. Recommended.

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