A New Darkness Upon Us
Review by Adam on March 6, 2004.
Stampin' Ground is your basic riff-based hardcore metal band and what is offered on "A New Darkness Upon Us" is nothing short of predictable and lackluster.
The vocals don't stray from the usual macho man bark and become increasingly annoying with each song. This is throw down pit music after all and the rest of the instruments follow accordingly. Andy Sneap's production is crystal clear which shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone. However, just because it sounds good does not mean that it is anything special. I am normally someone who can deal with over-saturation in metal to a certain extent, but as far as hardcore metal goes, I am slightly less tolerant.
If you are a hardcore metal fan, then I am sure you will dig "A New Darkness Upon Us." Stampin' Ground has the sound of a good live band, but on record, they fall short of any kind of glory. As it goes on, the monotony increases until it is almost unbearable. The songs themselves lack any individuality but for the genre I expected that. "A New Darkness Upon Us" may sound good but it doesn't contain anything that hasn't been done already. I'm not impressed.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 5.6 out of 10