STEREOCHRIST - DEAD RIVER BLUES - ARCTIC
Tell me about it! Stereochrist... who?
Apparently formed by the former members of the band Mood and previously called Super Natural, this Hungarian band's debut shiny round music circle showcases an act bridging the gap between Trouble and Soundgarden circa Louder Than Love. The band has a clear doom metal tinge, but the Sabbathy inspiration doesn't last into Sunday. That is, the doom is diluted with rock, hard rock and straight ahead balladry. The sound is good and the act has its, er, act together. The sole reservation lies within the vocals of the band's frontman. While his voice is suitable and strong, his sporadic screams are scratchy and grating. The screams are infrequent though and not a deterrent in the big picture. The band does not shy away from throwing the odd surprise riff or just rocking out every once in a while either which is the way it should be. 'Who?' no more! - Ali "The Metallian"