Album- I Earther
Genre- Heavy/Power metal
Label- Pitch Black Records
Location- Marseilles, France
FFO- Anthrax, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian
Now I listen to a lot of heavy metal. I think at this point I know good production. Well, this is incredible production. Produced by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura), I Earther is a record that screams pure power metal and with his help is able to bring that to fruition. Over the top would be a great way to explain this album. Drumming is done by former Dagoba drummer, Franky Costanza. His use of the double bass through out is perfect and fits every situation. Very fast and very on time. Using every inch of his kit to make this “epic" sound. Throwing in well timed fills in between the onslaught of heaviness. The bass playing would make Steve Harris smile. Able to keep up with the fast paced guitars and drums. But not overbearing and drowning out the rest of the band.
The guitars are the driving force behind Stonecast. Seb Casula and Abraham Saliba show they have what it takes to be considered some of heavy metals best. It felt like the riffs just kept coming and coming. I didn’t have time to breathe before another incredible riff came flying in. Very traditional power riffs, no tuned down chugginess here. Very fast up and down strumming. And lets not forget the solos. Herman Li, Sam Totman, eat your hearts out. Just perfectly crafted bits of gold. Each track has a solo that screams over the rest of the song not taking something from the previous. Vocalist, Franck Ghirardi has a huge range. From his mid range cleans to his King Diamond like shrieks. Just listening to him makes my throat hurt. I can’t even pick a moment where his vocals weren’t on key and perfectly timed.
Like I said earlier, this is power metal at it’s finest. Taking bits and pieces of legendary acts like Helloween and Blind Guardian; then throwing in some modern power like that of Dragonforce. “Captors of Insanity” lures you in with one of my favorite riffs of the record. A more slow paced track. Only to crank up the speed to 10 with “Goddess of Rain”. Then a track like “The Cherokee” pays homage to “Indians” by Anthrax, in my opinion. If you want a ballad then “Forevermore” is right up your alley. Again only to turn around bring on the heavy with “Precipice to Hell”. Then they are able to bring it all home with “Stainless” and wrap up one hell of an album. Hell even producer Roy Z is able to display his chops with the final solo in “The Earther”. Each song stands out from the other.
I am in love with this album. In my top 10 of the year for sure. I know it’s early but I have a feeling this one will stick around to the end. Stonecast are a band that has been around for a while and have released some killer music. But I do believe that this is album that will make them stars in the metal world. The sheer epicness and heavy is what drives this record home for me. Not a dull moment here. I have been listening to power metal for a while now and this band has what it takes to be considered one of the greats. “I Earther” is pure power metal. Keep en ear out for Stonecast, if you know whats good for ya.
This album drops March 8th on Pitch Black records.
Rating- 9.5 out of 10
Strongest Song- “Precipice to Hell”