Review: Stone Broken – 'All In Time'

‘All In Time’ is the debut album from West Midlands four-piece Stone Broken, who have been making splashes on the airwaves with both Planet Rock Radio and Kerrang Radio, with them airing the current single ‘Stay All Night’, a fine slice of up-tempo arena rock that encourages the listener to delve a bit deeper and check the band out some more.

If songs with massive hooks and catchy choruses that echo the likes of Black Stone Cherry as well as…dare I say it ?…..Nickelback (hey if they are good enough for Jerry Cantrell…) float your boat then you will find plenty on ‘All In Time’ to satisfy the itch for some no-frills rock. Opener ‘Know Your Enemy’ has a real BSC chugging riff feel to it, similar to ‘Lonely Train’, then vocalist/guitarist Rich Moss comes in with the catchy-as-hell chorus, that has you checking that the band aren’t in fact North American. Very seldom will you hear a fledgling UK band sound this polished and assured. Whilst many perhaps try to aim for the grittier sound, Stone Broken set their sights on a more commercial approach, without watering down the guitars in the mix. Nothing wrong with being commercial when it’s done right, and these guys have nailed it.

‘Better’,’Fall Back Down’, and ‘Be There’ are banging tunes, with the latter especially impressing with the swampy, almost cajun, intro that will have backpackers everywhere fearing the words…”Squeal like a pig…” ‘Let Me Go’ is a groovy riff-laden beastie, which will no doubt get the front few row’s heads bopping. ‘Wait For You’ slows things down with its gentler beginning, which gives way to a massive soaring chorus, tailor made for cruising along the West Coast of America with the top down. No danger of doing that in the Midlands, eh guys?!

‘This Life’ is another slow burning banger, continuing in the Nickelback vein, and ‘Another Day’ is a ‘standing-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff-with-arms-stretched-out-in-a Jesus-Christ-pose’ video in the making. A big, grandiose song which, if it had been recorded during the early nineties, Axl Rose would be the man on said cliff edge.

This is a good solid debut album from a young band with a sound big enough to match their aspirations. I’m looking forward to catching Stone Broken live.

‘All In Time’ is released on January 29th

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reviewed by Dave Stott


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