We really love these guys, to be honest. Stone Cadaver don’t pussyfoot around in making sure you know exactly what they do; 70s inspired stoner-metal – and they’re really good at it.
Reject Remove Replace is their first full length LP – out today on double vinyl, cd, and streaming platforms – after a very solid debut ep and singles over the last couple years. With RRR, though, I firmly think that Stone Cadaver have made a huge leap towards being widely recognised here on the local and national (and beyond) metal scene. Over the 7 tracks (most of them long save for instrumental, “Ruins In The Sand”) Stone Cadaver take you down a twisty/turney road of classic metal riffage, funky tempo changes, fuzzed out bangers, evil grooves and tales of betrayal, witches and dead horses – not to mention the LP cover reminds us of a certain very popular sci-fi series currently owned by….uh…Disney.
Stone Cadaver are no spring chickens. I hesitate to use the words ‘Veterans’, but basically, the group came about as a chance for three good mates who shared a love of metal classics, both old and modern, to get together and make some noise. They began as a 5-piece group, performing covers of classic thrash and classic metal – eventually whittling down to a trio and realizing that they could just write their own damn classics. And that they did. Anders Bech Nielsen stepped up to lead vocal and guitar duty – while Andreas Slocinski (bass) and Jesper Hauptmann (drums) provided the pounding and winding rhythm section. Over Stone Cadavers recordings through their discography – you can almost literally hear Anders find his voice – at first singing in a more scruffy “Lemmy” type way – and eventually ending up with a solidly strong and confident tenor – reminiscent of Ozzy in his peak, or Josh Homme in classic QOTSA mode.
The tracks themselves are of an epic nature. Where some classic metal tends to air on the cheesy side lyrically at times – telling tales of fairies, wizards and ancient mariners – SC come straight at you with direct forces – not relying on witchcraft or poetry; “YOU’RE FUCKING SCUM” (on lead-track “Ssscum”). “We Need Your Fucking Blood” is almost Danzig territory in subject matter – with seriously heavy riffs and deep pounding grooves and gut rumbling bass chords. “Suffer The Scorn” begins with a catchy phrase before launching into a groovy grind – anchored again, by a seriously tight rhythm section while lead guitar blisses out in Iomi-esque territory. We have a quick instrumental interlude (the aforementioned acoustic led “Ruins In The Sand”) before launching into the ‘grooviest’ number on the record – “Hands Of Death”.
For me, the meat of the record comes in the album’s final tracks – “Removal of the Eye” – with its road rage tempo, harmonic scale breakdowns and evil chorus and key change – perfectly showcasing over this number what this band is great at- and the closer, “Dead Horses (Pt I and II)”. “Dead Horses” is closer to a suite really than a song. Distorted recordings of horse noises turn demonic before seriously chugging dark chords lead you down the winding dark road of multiple tempo changes, heavy overtures and finally a bit of singing before plunging underwater in a swampy soup of instrumental outro – an unexpected turn of structure. It’s quite an amazing piece.
The Lp’s Production and mixing are totally on par with where this should be – heavy but warm. It sounds like what it is: a modern update of classic 70’s metal – but not ignoring any of the different guises of metal genres in between (I mean – you won’t hear hair metal or nu-metal here – but you know what I mean…)
RRR is, no doubt, made by guys who have loved, cherished and lived this music all their life – and the passion shows in what will undoubtedly be one of my favorite pieces of local vinyl released this year. For those about to listen – we salute you.
Reject Remove Replace is out today on LP/CD/Streaming. Copies can be ordered and picked up at Imusic.dk or Pladekisten.dk
"RRR is, no doubt, made by guys who have loved, cherished and lived this music all their life – and the passion shows in what will undoubtedly be one of my favorite pieces of local vinyl released this year" (5/6)