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A nice B-rate thrash metal addition - 70%

morbert, August 19th, 2008

Yes, there is a lot to enjoy on the stone debut. But honestly it is not a very good album if you compare it to other 1988 thrash metal releases. It’s no wonder outside of Finland this album has gotten somewhat lost in metal history… Stone clone several era’s of Metallica (mostly And Justice For All and Kill ‘Em All) into songs of their own. And whereas especially the drums are remarkably good, the vocals are what you’d expect from a forgotten eighties thrash metal debut: horrible.

The vocals lack true aggression nor have they got really good melodies. The vocals, contrary to the music, do not sound like Metallica at all and are miles away from being convincing. Maybe that is for the best since the cloning would then have become too obvious to be bearable. Vocals used to be a big problem for a lot of thrash bands from those days (especially the U.K. had a serious lack of decent ones) and the same counts for Finland since I’ve read that Stone were one of the few Finnish thrash metal bands that actually got a record out in the eighties. Makes you wonder how the vocalists in those other bands sounded. Perhaps they were good and the music wasn’t? Who knows, but Stone should have definitely had a different vocalist on these songs.

What makes this album enjoyable is the catchiness of the tunes and – as said – the performance on drums and guitars. For an eighties debut it is very catchy and mature. No use going into individual songs because if you like old Metallica, you’ll like these songs. If you can stand the vocals (and lyrics) then here’s a welcome addition to any die-hard thrash metal collection.