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Wicked Stone – Synergy

Wicked Stone
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 02 August 2022, 10:57 AM

This EPK came without any biographical information, and I was unable to find their record label webpage. So, it’s another review without much to go on. “Synergy” is the album, and it contains ten tracks. “Say Goodbye to Yesterday” is the first cut. It has a thick and meaty sound to it, fueled by aggressive rhythm guitars. There is a decent amount of energy here but the sound isn’t something that you haven’t heard before. The chorus is also pretty solid, and the guitar solo absolutely burns. “Not Alone” is another energetic cut with a dirty guitar riff, and vocalist sways with confidence. A breakdown occurs after the second chorus, with meaty bass notes and some heavy guitars.

“Reclaim the Crown” begins with clean guitars and a darker mood. The slow grind turns into a heavy and raucous riff from there, as the singer stretches out. This song is more sturdy than the previous two. “Now You’re Gone” is the power ballad on the album. It opens with a slowed down and melancholy sound, as the singer laments mistakes he may have made. He really belts out a nice, long and emotional chorus. “The Fires Burn” is a short and heavy number with an aggressive riff and a fat sound. “Hunted” features another weighted sound with a decent chorus, but the lyrics are a bit cliché. The guitars build thick harmonies at times. “Going Wild” features a more positive and jovial sound as the title suggests.

“Adrenaline” might be the best and most complete song on the album. The verses drip with sleaziness and attitude, and the chorus is memorable, begging you to sing along. The hooks are deeper in this song. “It’s Not Enough” closes the album; a final big push to the end where the band doesn’t run out of energy. Overall, this was a solid listen to some strident and gruff tunes that flirted with the world of Metal at times but stayed within the Hard Rock category most of the time. The musicians displayed some moments of excellence, of course within the confines of the genre. The singer had a nice, soulful voice good in both ranges, but they were just missing that one hit which could push them further as a rock outfit.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Say Goodbye to Yesterday
2. Not Alone
3. Reclaim the Crown
4. Now You're Gone
5. The Fires Burn
6. Hunted
7. Going Wild
8. Adrenaline
9. It's Not Enough
Record Label: Hard To Stay Quiet Record


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