Just got through listening to some fresh blood in the form of UK band STONE BROKEN and their debut full-length release All In Time released back in January 2016. Produced and re-mastered by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine), the band is making some waves across the pond.
Hailing from Walsall, UK. Stone Broken are Robyn Haycock (drums/vocals), Chris Davis (guitar/vocals), Rich Moss (vocals/guitars), Kieron Conroy (bass/vocals). They are described as a hard rock outfit having a “BIG chunky rock sound with huge choruses”. Sounds like something I just might be interested in.
The first track, “Not My Enemy”, opens STRONG with a great pumping guitar riff. Right from the start, the above description rings pretty accurate. Huge chorus is dead accurate. The bridge slows things down a touch and taunts you NOT to bang your head. A modern rock sound with a lot of groove (think Sixx A.M. meets Nickelback).
“Better” continues in the same vein with another fist pumping hard rocker. Lyrically a great message encouraging the listener to “stop wishing your life away” and think about ways that you can do better. Nothing wrong with a little positivity in our daily soundtrack.
Batting third is “Be There” which opens up with some country style acoustic guitar picking before the huge power chords steer it back into the world of hard rock. Mid-tempo and driving, the little country lick returns in the background and is the melody behind the chorus. A solid song that could easily be at home on rock radio or even some new country stations. Standout track “Let Me Go” picks up where “Not My Enemy” leaves off. Another barn burning, head banging rocker that leaves the country feel of the last track in the dust. High energy, raise your beer to the sky rock and roll just the way I like it.
The remainder of the album continues to deliver quite a feast of either melodic hard rock mid-tempo rockers (“Wait For You”, “Save Tomorrow”, “This Life” and “Another Day”) or the higher energy fist-pumping arena rockers (“Fall Back Down” or “Stay All Night”). All in all, if you like your rock dripping with melody All In Time delivers. A welcomed addition to my Ipod, rock radio should be all over this stuff. 8/10.