Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, October 4, 2013

Laid in Stone-Echoes Left Behind

Y'know, lately I've really been getting into these modern metal bands. Call me silly, but there is something magic about the music of groups like Killswitch Engage and Machine Head. Laid in Stone continue in this proud tradition and their debut record Echoes Left Behind is thrilling and fun, capturing all of the magic that mainstream metal has in 2013. Sure this stuff isn't kvlt or indeed especially pvre but it is indeed very listenable and definitely something that even a hoary old death metal fan like me can get behind, for now, and for all time.

One of the things that makes this record so darn appealing is the good combination of cleans and growls without any of that silly metalcore crap. (Not that there aren't good metalcore records, there are some I very much enjoy) Instead, they have a dead ahead metal attack that is accentuated by their dedication to metal magic. Their is no poser filth here, instead only a band who wish to build upon the music of bands like Lamb of God and Pantera. (I probably should mention, there are tons of groove here) Meanwhile, the well polished nature of the tracks reminds me distinctly of Trivium or even Killswitch Engage, obviously a very, very, good thing.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a powerful and very melodic new metal band who infuse their music with a passion that is to be admired Laid in Stone are bringing some new blood to metal. Their In Flames inspired sound is very cool and can appeal to a variety of metal fans (And even some non metal fans) This band is tight and polished and their future is almost certainly bright. Echoes Left Behind is one of the greatest debuts I've reviewed in a while and I'm excited to see where they bring their sound next. One thing is sure, Dark Harvest have done good in signing this Detroit quintet.

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