Review by JD on January 31, 2013.
Anyone who knows me or at least reads my little headbanging rants about bands and their music, could tell that I am a huge Doom Metal fan. From my own music career, down to what I listen to, I go for heavy, slow and well played Doom Metal. One act that I am so into at the moment epitomizes what Doom Metal is. From Michigan City, Indiana... comes Stone Magnum.
With a Epic Traditional Doom Metal sound, that is bolstered by some 70's flavoured Groove that still keeps a full wall of heaviness right in your face Stone Magnum breaths Doomy Classiness. Think of Candlemass with mid career Sabbath and add in a old school Metal Singer that is this odd spawn of a cross between a stoned Ozzy, Trouble frontman and a pissed off Danzig- you get this band.
I absolutely love two tacks here... the ponderously massive and de-tuned majesty of 'Locksmith of Misery' and the 70's dark homage to Sabbath, 'Pictures Of Your Life'. Great lyrics, a heavy wall of Doom and powerful delivery shows the capability that this band has to write almost classic material right from the very start.
This is a no brainer event here my metallic friends - you need to buy this album as soon as possible. Doom fan or not, all of you metalheads will love every second that this amazing debut album would be playing. Go right fuckin’ now and buy it, I will crack a cold beer open and listen to this CD while I wait.
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Rating: 9.8 out of 10