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  STONE BROKEN
'All In Time'
(Independent)
Out Now

Johnny Main

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Hailing from Walsall in the West Midlands, four piece Rock band Stone Broken were formed in 2013 after the break up of two other West Midlands bands. A year later, they self released their debut EP, 'The Crow Flies' and a promotional video for the track 'Let Me Go' which garnered an impressive 15,000 plays.

It didn't take the band long to get noticed and they signed a management deal with TMR Band Management in October 2015. Wasting no time, it was a little over a month after that when the band announced the release of their debut album, 'All In Time'.

The release was originally missed by us here at MetalTalk Towers, but when the album dropped into my CD player, I was regretting not getting hold of it sooner!

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The 'All In Time' album features ten tracks in total with a running time of around forty minutes. Of these tracks, five are from the original 'The Crow Flies EP' and the remaining five tracks are brand new songs. All ten tracks have been produced and fully re-mastered by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine) and they make for one helluva listening experience.

The fact that some of the tracks have appeared on a previous EP, and that some of them are brand new doesn't matter one iota – they are all supreme examples of a band who know how to write a good tune, write great lyrics and importantly, they can actually perform the songs really, really well too.

Kicking things off is 'Not Your Enemy' it's a solid mid paced number with drummer Robyn Haycock punching out the beat whist guitarist Chris Davis lays out the razor sharp riff that really holds the song together. Likewise, 'Better' is a similar paced number with front man Rich Moss putting in another great performance as he really stretches his voice on some of the longer notes. If you add in a catchy chorus and a great guitar solo, what's not to like about it?

With 'Save Tomorrow', bass player Kieron Conroy finally gets his moment in the spotlight during the intro as his bass notes lead the way in what is another mid paced number that just oozes power with a hefty sounding vocal performance from Moss. The guitar solo from Davis towards the end is well thought out and well played making this track a firm favourite of mine.

One of the heaviest sounding tracks here is 'Fall Back Down' with another razor sharp guitar riff from Davis leading the way. Moss gives his performance everything he's got and a touch of echo to his voice just gives the song a bit of extra texture.

Having said that, if this song isn't in their live set list then I'll be very disappointed when I catch the band live because the song just proves what a class act they are both in terms of writing and performance.

Moss shows his mettle on 'Be There' too, which starts off as a simple two guitar track before the drums kick in. The addition of some “Heys” is pretty much guaranteed to any audience involved, and the slow, meandering number which doesn't lack any power. Moss gives a sincere if somewhat downbeat performance here but for me, it's a sure fire winner in the Stone Broken cannon.

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The band also show their softer side with a couple of acoustic based numbers. 'Wait For You' starts off nice and quiet and electric guitar and drums come in, it doesn't get carried away with itself. Another cornerstone of the band's live set? Perhaps. A future Stone Broken classic? No doubt.

'Another Day' follows along similar lines with simple acoustic guitar and voice before the drums and electric guitar come in but once again, not at the expense of the vocals. Moss has a gravely touch to his voice which goes well with the vulnerability in his performance. It may be downbeat but its never melancholic or overly sentimental bit is another great track.

Stone Broken may be at the start of their journey as a band, but you have to give them credit for doing it properly from their beginnings. Well written songs, expertly played and sympathetically produced to create a wonderful debut album, and with the promise of more to come, it's another band I'm looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more from very soon.

You can hear the track 'Fall Back Down' here:


You can see Stone Broken live here:
Friday 26th February – The Box, Crewe
Friday 11th March – HammerFest, Haft Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
Thursday 7th April – The Iron Road, Evesham (Supporting Nashville Pussy)
Saturday 9th April – Rebellion Bar, Manchester
Friday 15th April – The Iron Road, Evesham
Friday 29th April – The Oobleck, Birmingham (Supporting The Treatment)
Saturday 14th May – Upload Festival, Wakefield
Saturday 21st May – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Saturday 18th June – The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
Sunday 26th June – Wildfire Festival, Wiston Lodge, Biggar
Sunday 28th August – Rock Wich, Lostock Sports & Social Club, Northwich
Saturday 10th December – Rock'n'Roll Circus Radio Show Xmas Bash, Abertillery

'All In Time' Track Listing:
Not Your Enemy
Better
Be There
Let Me Go
Wait For You
Save Tomorrow
This Life
Another Day
Fall Back Down
Stay All Night

Stone Broken are:
Rich Moss – Vocals/Guitars
Chris Davis – Guitar/Vocals
Kieron Conroy – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Robyn Haycock – Drums/Vocals


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27.02.2016








 


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