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Stinky – Of Lost Things

Of Lost Things
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 13 August 2020, 10:21 PM

Great figure of the Nantes hardcore scene, STINKY stands for more than 350 concerts in
15 different countries, 4 European tours and 2 albums. While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music unquestionably passes the smell test. Influenced by the likes of COMEBACK KID, BANE and MILES AWAY, the music is a perfect blend of melodic punk/hardcore with a metal edge. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the music’s quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression. After having released two albums to date, they’re coming back hard with a new record for 2020. “Of Lost Things”, the third album by the band, was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (HACRIDE, THE NECROMACERS) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (CLUTCH, MINISTRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE).

Revival Fire” starts the album off with full aggression and raw Hardcore power. The build up is running the tempo up nicely. It gets the pace to a decent level and uses the song as a welcome-to-the-album, this is just a warm up. “Lame Heart” starts off far more melodic from an instrumental perspective, the vocals open up and unless the raw power once more. The intensity ceases a little before getting back up the scale once more, furious outbursts on the vocals, helped by the pulsating instrumentals work really well.

Distance” has that more Pop Punk feel to the start of the song, until the vocals kick in that is. The pace and overall tempo is high again in the album, this one works really well to be a catchy song. Its probably one of the easier songs to listen to firstly. “Strangers With Familiar Faces” is heavier and harder hitting by far. Its slower, but still really well controlled. It does seem like it is building up towards something explosive, though it doesn’t quite let go fully. This one could have easily kicked the legs off the song and gone nuts. Missed opportunity?

Mind Trapped” picks up the pace once more, the vocals match the intensity laid down by the instrumentalists. Overall feel is more raw and aggressive. It does have a solid breakdown which allows the tempo to change, the heaviness t settle in even more. This is closer to Hardcore in certain respects than we have heard this far, but maybe still not enough. “Unloving” starts with the melodic feel still running in thick, similar to the album so far, which is going well so far. It doesn’t expand much further than we have heard yet. The more aggressive lead vocals go well, but should really be matched all over and isn’t.

Nosedive” opens up strong once more. The levels of intensity are once more set high, along with the vocals. The pace lowers itself and remains at the medium-paced level until the song seems to stop. Then it goes all acoustic. Did not see that coming. “Struggle” building, could open to something awesome. Kinda does, but still feels like its holding back slightly. Levels aren’t massive for heaviness nor pace, but controlled well enough to make the song work. The vocal breakout is well placed and works wonders for the song.

Made It Home” has a far slower starting build up, which doesn’t last long until the usual business breaks through. Seems in similar ways to the previous song. Seems like the pace is building up to a full on floor opener. Not quite, but almost. “Spring Letter” kicks off with a decent beat from the drums. The song doesn’t fill up with enough energy to excite too much. Does it do enough as a closing song? Not really, it keeps the similar style that we have heard so far, but not quite as good, then heads off in the end down a keyboard fade out.

Is it a good album? Yes. Is it a great album? Not quite, however many strong aspects in this album can be taken and move on with the band, they can add more to their material going forward knowing that they have this album under their belt. The songs will sit nicely in playlists featuring Hardcore, Hardcore Punk and Post-Hardcore bands.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Revival Fire
2. Lame Heart
3. Distance
4. Strangers With Familiar Faces
5. Mind Trapped
6. Unloving
7. Nosedive
8. Struggle
9. Made It Home
10. Spring Letter
11. Rough Diamond (Unplugged)
Claire – Lead Vocals
Seb – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Antoine – Bass Guitar
Titouan – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Paul – Drums
Record Label: M-Theory Audio


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Edited 01 October 2020

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