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  • Audio CD (18 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Massacre
  • ASIN: B0000633MC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unchosen One
2. Wounded Land
3. Some People Fly
4. Singing Alone
5. Future Rising
6. House Of Nevermore
7. Midnight In Tokyo
8. Sail On Stormy Waters
9. Resurrection Sympathy
10. Forever Young

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cornerstone was formed when Steen Morgsteen (spelling?), bass player in Royal Hunt, decided to write his own material, and needed a band to perform it. So he got together with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple), and the result was "Arrival", a mellow album with influences including Magnum, Dare, and the above-mentioned.
Human Stain is the second album, this time co-written with Mr White, and its fantastic!
The influences are the same, but the sound is better, the band are tighter, there is a rockier edge to the proceedings, and best of all, the songs are outstanding; plus they've penned songs of multiple styles from ballads to moody mid-tempo to out-and-out rockers, all executed with aplomb. They even use the "Apache" beat pioneered by Def Leppard, which I love. Doogie's vocals are superb (Dio-ish, but cleaner), the guitarist(s) are on top form, the drummer can PLAY!, and any self-respecting fan of Purple/Rainbow/Whitesnake/Magnum/similar needs to own this asap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cornerstone was formed when Steen Morgsten (spelling?), bass player in Royal Hunt, decided to write his own material, and needed a band to perform it. So he got together with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple), and the result was "Arrival", a mellow album with influences including Magnum, Dare, and the above-mentioned.
Human Stain is the second album, this time co-written with Mr White, and its fantastic!
The influences are the same, but the sound is better, the band are tighter, there is a rockier edge to the proceedings, and best of all, the songs are outstanding; plus they've penned songs of multiple styles from ballads to moody mid-tempo to out-and-out rockers, all executed with aplomb. Doogie's vocals are superb (Dio-ish, but cleaner), the guitarist(s) are on top form, the drummer can PLAY!, and any self-respecting fan of Purple/Rainbow/Whitesnake/Magnum/similar needs to own this asap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cornerstone sounds great! 27 April 2004
By Power_Metal_Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've bought this CD some while ago, and let's say that I was kinda impressed by this talented band! I'm a big Power Metal fan, but sometimes I can listen to some AOR, Death Metal or Doom Metal if it's good, well Cornerstone is a good example!
The opener "Unchosen One", cracks up on a mid tempo, and once you heard Doogie's voice (Ex - Rainbow), you never wanna take this out of your CD player.
"Wounded Land", another well arranged song! Doogie's voice is still perfect on this one, maybe a bit less melodic but still great.
"Some People Fly", a bit faster on this one, but as always, everything's great! The chorus is pretty good on this one too!
"Singing Alone", this was the first song I heard on this album. One of the best ballads I've heard in a while! Gotta love this one!
"Future Rising", a mid tempo, with excellent choruses, everything seems to be at its place, no major flaws here too. One of the best on this CD.
"House of Nevermore", here's another slower song, very well arranged, smooth guitars, excellent voice, as always!
"Midnight in Tokyo", a bit faster, this one still managed to turn me on. I really like the way Doogie sings.
"Sail on Stormy Water", another slow song, great choruses as always, nothing bad to say about this one! Well done!
"Resurrection Sympathy", this is another slower song, great song if you wanna go on a date if you ask me.
Finally, we get "Forever Young", a mid tempo song, nice guitars here too, nice vocals, well everything's great!
Well this album sure is awesome, if you don't feel like listening to fast music, well this might just do the trick. It's very easy to relax on music like this! Good buy if you're into Melodic Hard Rock.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting 14 Dec. 2002
By donca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just when dinosaurs like me start to thinking that the music of our youth wass dead it turns out that it was only in a coma - thank God! This is the BEST CD I have bought in quite some time. This CD has style, flare, character, emotion, and substance. Much unlike modern rock of today in which most bands, in my humble opinion, share the same bland sound and style... or lack there of.While this CD shows heavy influences of Rainbow (obviously, Dougie White is a previous Rainbow vocalist), Deep Purple, and even some Dio-esque lyrics, Cornerstone is a band with their own dynamic style.If you liked the Rainbow CD "Stranger In Us All" then you'll love "Human Stain." Actually, this may be the best CD I've purchased since "Stranger In Us All" in 1996!The CD "Human Stain" reminds me the most of, though, is Deep Purple's 1992 release "Slaves and Masters" which featured another X-Rainbow vocalist - Joe Lyn Turner. Dougie is even sounding a bit like JLT on my favorite track on this CD, #8, "Sail On Stormy Waters." An instant classic. My prayers will be answered if this CD marks a possible return in popularity of the music of my youth. It's been a long time coming, but if you're a fan Rainbow, Deep Purple, and of that Ritchie Blackmore / John Lord / and early Ronnie James Dio influenced sound and style this CD will be worth the wait.Buy it!...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best Release Of 2002 4 Nov. 2002
By wizey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was a real surprise for me. I had never heard of Cornerstone until recently when a mate gave his "Human Stain" CD to me to check out.
First listen...yeah it's ok. Second listen...hmmm, pretty good actualy. Third listen...ok! I gotta get it for myself!
Now I think this is one of the best releases of 2002 (if not THE best!).
What a great voice this Doogie guy has. He almost got the job in Iron Maiden instead of Blaze Bayley and I can see why he impressed the Maiden boys. On this album he shows he can belt out rockers as well as delicately deliver the balads with emotion, and he can hold a note too.
The influences on Cornerstone's music are plain to hear, with some tracks reminding me of Whitesnake, others Deep Purple, and there's a hint of classic Black Sabbath now and then too.
This impressive band deliver a mix of rockers and slower numbers with guitars, keyboards, drums and bass which can all be heared with an idependent clarity, but they gel together resulting in a great old style rock/metal album with a modern sound and feel to it. The music just sounds terrific, hard but melodic.
It's difficult to pick out high-lights as the whole album is one big high-light! I keep playing this CD and have not tired of it at all, and in fact each time it just gets better. "Unchosen One", "Wounded Land" and "Some People Fly" get the album off to a rocking start. But when I'm not playing it I can't help getting around singing to myself track number 4 (appropriately titled) "Singing Alone", or the great chorus of "Future Rising" which is so catchy it is hard to get out of your head (so I suppose I do like these two tracks just a little more).
"House Of Nevermore" is another great slower number, and although "Midnight In Tokyo" has the slightly cheesy sounding lyrics "shout it out" repeated throughout the song, to me it is still a great rocker (and has another chorus that is hard to get out of your head!) "Sail On Stormy Waters" and "Resurrection Sympathy" are good slower paced tracks, well placed towards the albums end.
I am not a great fan of vocal distortion tricks so I don't like it on "Resurrection Sympathy" either but thankfully Doogie doesn't do much of it and it doesn't ruin what is otherwise a great song.
I think "Forever Young" is the weakest track on the album, and unfortunately it's the last. I like the guitar in it which reminds me a bit of Led Zepplin, but I just don't think this song is as good as the others, which is a shame because I like an album to end on a high note. Another 2 tracks would have been good as it does seem a bit short compared to other recent releases.
Still, it's better to leave them off if they're not up to the standard of the others and anyway I'm nit-picking here at what is an excellent album which I don't think has got the attention and recognition that it deserves.
I am sure Cornerstone will impress fans of '70's & '80s metal who (like me) having been longing for new bands to come along and deliver that style of music but with a modern sound. That's what "Human Stain" is - a great mix of the new and old.
I hope they maintain the same sound and feel on their next album which I eagerly await.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Coming into their own 10 Oct. 2009
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2002's Human Stain is the second album from Cornerstone, the melodic hard rock project put together by former Royal Hunt bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White. I worried after hearing the band's 2000 debut Arrival that they sounded a bit too much like Royal Hunt, but with Human Stain you really start to hear a true Cornerstone sound emerge.

Comparisons to both Royal Hunt and Rainbow are inevitable, and indeed Cornerstone's sound owes a lot to the Joe Lynn Turner era Rainbow albums. Of course, you could say that about just about every melodic rock band operating these days! Cornerstone takes that classic Rainbow sound and adds just enough modern elements. The result is both classic and current. All of the songs are very melodic, but there are some almost metal moments on Human Stain. Standout tracks are "Wounded Land", "Midnight in Tokyo" (not a Y&T cover, sadly), and the very Uriah Heep-sounding "House of Nevermore".

Cornerstone is a band that gets better with each release, so as good as Human Stain is, the band's follow-up album Once Upon Our Yesterdays is even better. If you're new to the band, you're better off starting with their latest release and working backwards. Chances are you'll like what you hear enough to come back around to Human Stain.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent rock 30 April 2002
By Dr Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cornerstone was formed when Steen Morgsten (spelling?), bass player in Royal Hunt, decided to write his own material, and needed a band to perform it. So he got together with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple), and the result was "Arrival", a mellow album with influences including Magnum, Dare, and the above-mentioned.
Human Stain is the second album, this time co-written with Mr White, and its fantastic!
The influences are the same, but the sound is better, the band are tighter, there is a rockier edge to the proceedings, and best of all, the songs are outstanding; plus they've penned songs of multiple styles from ballads to moody mid-tempo to out-and-out rockers, all executed with aplomb. Doogie's vocals are superb (Dio-ish, but cleaner), the guitarist(s) are on top form, the drummer can PLAY!, and any self-respecting fan of Purple/Rainbow/Whitesnake/Magnum/similar needs to own this asap.
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