I got hold of a preview of this album, and being big fan of the darkness a few years back, I was expecting to be disappointed.
I was hooked from the very first track BURN THE WITCH, which I believe is their first single, which ends with a bit of thrash metal stylee guitar shredding. This band are a lot heavier than the darkness ever were, and I don't think can be seen as a novelty band which was a kinda label that the darkness couldn't really shake.
I have had this cd for a week, and its been playing in my works van non-stop on repeat....it's a catchy album!
The bands seem to have gelled well with new addition of Toby MacFarlaine (out of Graham Coxons band), and Ritchie Edwards seems to have taken over well at the mic.
There's not quite as many of the thin-lizzy inspired twin lead guitar-work on here as on the darkness, as I suspect Ritchie is playing rythm guitar, and not dabbling too much.
There's influences you can here from a few artists....some acdc, and a little thin lizzy in places (as with the darkness), track 12 has DEFINITELY got a reminicence of Def Leppard about it.
I can't pick out a bad track on here, like I say its been playing non stop in my van, and I think it will be for quite some time.
This is what the darkness SHOULD have been like!!
I hope Stone Gods have huge success with this album, and I hope many folk will be as pleasantly surprised by this cd as I were.