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Social Stain – Social Stain

Posted in CD, Punk Rock with tags , , on 30th January 2017 by izaforestspirit

Social Stain
Social Stain
Released 13th January 2017
Hard Rock
Self-Released

‘Social Stain’ is the debut album from the Finnish hard rock band of the same name. The band was formed in 2014 by bassist Toni Broman and their sound is heavily influenced by ’90s hard rock and metal bands including Alice in Chains, Guns’N’Roses and mid-career (The Black Album/Load-era) Metallica.

We’re off to a good start with the first two tracks Breakout and Dead Man Talking paving the way towards what promises to be an action-packed joyride fueled by catchy guitar tunes and “sing along with your hands in the air” hard rock vocals. The Metallica influence is fairly easy to detect – both the guitars and the vocals have that Load-era Metallica vibe. Vocalist Teemu Kokkonen also likes to add the occasional “yeah!” to some of the songs, though nowhere near as often as Mr. Hetfield does. Social Stain have a fairly relaxed, rock’n’roll/punk attitude with the emphasis being more on having a good time rather creating any complex structures or dark and profound lyrics.

Then just when you think you have figured out what Social Stain are all about, they suddenly decide to slow down the pace and deliver a slower ballad, At Peace. This song proves that if you look past the easy going, punky attitude, you will discover that these four guys are skilled musicians who are totally committed to bringing you the best hard rock album that they can offer. But don’t worry if ballads aren’t your thing, just move on to the next song for more catchy, guitar driven hard rock tunes including the title track.

In summary, Social Stain clearly like their ’90s -style hard rock – denim, leather, beer, motorbikes etc. Yet there is nothing vintage about their music. Whilst this debut album definitely has that playful feel to it, it is also very well composed and performed. What’s great about it is there are no real filler tracks on here.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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Scar The Martyr release video for “Blood Host” and announce UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , on 17th September 2013 by Pieni

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Slipknot‘s primary songwriter and drummer Joey Jordison has put together a new band with lead singer Henry Derek and the result of their combined writing will see the light of day on the 30th of September via Roadrunner Records. Scar The Martyr is their name, for which the album is also named after, and the line-up is completed by Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) on keyboards and Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) on guitars.

The first video, “Blood Host”, has been posted online today:

The album is available for pre-order at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/scarthemartyr)  and Amazon (http://amzn.to/1cz1Woy).

It was also announced today that Scar The Martyr will be supporting Alice In Chains on their UK tour this November, on the following dates:

Sat 9th Nov – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Sun 10th Nov – LEEDS O2 Academy
Mon 11th Nov – MANCHESTER Academy
Wed 13th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Thu 14th Nov – GLASGOW O2 Academy
Sat 16th Nov – NEWPORT Centre

http://scarthemartyr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ScarTheMartyr