Photo: Franseska Mortensen
Just piss excellent stoner metal from Aarhus. That is really all you need to know before diving into the freshly released ep from our beautiful city’s own Stone Cadaver, the trio of ragged metal soldiers. Of course these guys didn’t just come out of nowhere though, and its not their first trip to the rodeo for any of the guys in the band – lead singer and guitarist Anders Bech Nielsen was previously in the very well loved Nil By Mouth, Jesper Hauptmann (drums) was in By Hatred Driven, and they all joined together a few years back with Andreas Slocinski (bass) to form Chosen Legacy, their bid I suppose to become Aarhus’ best (and only) thrash metal party band. The direction and mentality changed though and the gentlemen slowed down the pulse, started writing and began a new life as Stone Cadaver.
Upon hearing their fantastic 4 song ep, it is crucially evident that they are of course following in the footsteps of classic metal icons like Ozzy-era Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard and hints of Deep Purple and Motorhead. They still have a reverence for more modern “Stoner” and “Desert” rock like Kyuss, Om, and Sleep – yet still seem to mix it all up and put their own twist on it. 3 of the four tracks on the ep have the classic Sabbath/doom pattern of the ‘slow-doubletime-slow’ approach applied to it, guaranteed to get your head bobbing and your fist in the air during masterfully orchestrated solos, riffs, peaks and valleys. Their masterpiece here might be “Blasted Earth” – a nearly 9 minute opus of stoner/doom that takes you on an epically evil journey through your own Heart of Darkness. It makes me want to break shit.
If you are like me totally overwhelmed in where to start with listening to new metal bands and all of their complicated sub-genres – this as good a place as any to start my friend. Which ever way you wish to define it – this is just good solid metal. It’s heavy, dark, evil and performed well and loud by some great musicians who love their craft. These gentlemen are positively fans of their genre and it totally shows and shines through (this record is recorded Very well) on every moment of their debut recording. Call it “Stoner”, term it “Doom” or “Desert”…fuck…call it whatever you want, this is good metal and we love it.