This Stone Broken article was written by Matt Shore, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Fraisia Dunn.
It’s been a busy few months for Walsall based band, Stone Broken. After signing a management deal with TMR Band Management in October 2015, the four-piece have quickly released their debut album, ‘All In Time,’ and with the help of established producer Romesh Dodangoda, look to kick-start a successful hardrock career. The album promotes a driving, guitar driven sound, reminiscent of Black Stone Cherry, an ‘All the Right Reasons’ era Nickelback, and with hints of Stone Sour.
The album opens energetically, with ‘Not Your Enemy’ providing a guitar based intro and clean, punchy chorus. The next few tracks follow suit, establishing a clear direction for the band and the album in general. Guitarist Chris Davis is the main focus here; an intelligent decision, Davis clearly a skilled musician. This also rings true for the rest of the album, an engaging guitar solo or intelligent riff present throughout. The first few tracks are hard hitting therefore, but are very similar in their sound and arrangement.
It isn’t till track five, ‘Wait For You’ that this changes. The listener is presented with a slower, catchy song that captures the attention while also demonstrating the versatility and musicianship of the other band members. Indeed, the other slow track, ‘Another Day’, is of the same vein, and the two are standout tracks for this reason. The stripped back nature of both allows for more freedom, and also gives the listener the ability to better identify each component of the band. Frontman Rich Moss also surprises with his best vocal performance in ‘Another Day’, and the two songs offer a contrast in tone and tempo to the rest of ‘All In Time.’
Tracks ‘Save Tomorrow’ and ‘Stay All Night’ are also stellar efforts, the former capturing the attention with some catchy lyrics and up tempo arrangement: “Lead blind, I will follow, leave behind, save tomorrow.” ‘Stay All Night’ quotes the title ‘All In Time’, and is a strong final song, making the album end on a high, something that is always a plus.
Overall Stone Broken have demonstrated their ability to create a solid album with ‘All In Time,’ and one that lays a foundation for future development. Some tracks do feel safe, while others fall flat slightly when compared with the album’s highs, but this is understandable for a debut band finding its feet. At its best, ‘All In Time’ is an enjoyable and punchy introduction to Stone Broken, and although it doesn’t tread new ground or push boundaries, it has provided a solid introduction for a band that have given themselves ample room to grow and experiment. This then is the first rung on the ladder, for what will surely be a successful career.