Suns Of Stone, II, 2016

Suns-of-Stone-2The first album from Suns Of Stone was discussed here not thát long ago (2 years) and I remember that I liked it, but also assumed the band could improve, as not all songs were of the same high calibre. So the question for the just released album number 2 (duh) is, did they?

Well one thing is for sure, that seventies vibe is still running strong. As is the choice to keep it all honest and authentic with little to no overdubs. So a guitar solo actually sounds like that, one guitar playing over drums and bass. And I must say, it surely feels that 2 more years under their belt and playing on every occasion provided, has paid off. This has swagger, sounds confident and energetic. It is still blues infused hard rock with a sometimes Southern flavour. Since they are from Canada, it must be in their system somewhere.
Listening to this a couple of times I do think the album is more consistent. They again prove to be masters of groove and riff and singer Alan has developed too, with a varied delivery and still pouring heart and soul into it.

So the obvious conclusion is the band have raised the bar and with their attitude of working hard and playing the planet, they seem to be destined for even greater things. Recommended!


Suns Of Stone, Self Titled, 2014

suns of stoneOn account of Bad Reputation, we have the first to be released soon album for you! And if you are familiar with that label, I am sure you are expecting some hard rock! Be assured, it is. Despite the relatively short history of this Canadian quartet, starting early 2012 (!), the musical roots of this band date to the magnificent seventies mixed with more contemporary sounds. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Rival Sons or The Black Crowes. So let´s call it blues inspired, Southern flavoured, hard riffing classic rock.

For me it is easy to like songs like for instance Rise Up, Stormbringer, A Little More, For Some Reason or Talking To Me. I love the big grooves, the little twists here and there and the straight guitar sound of the band. Singer Alan has a voice that sometimes strangely reminds me of a young Barry Hay (Golden Earring), although he might be a little more raw at times.

All in all very convincing even if not 100% of the material is of the same high calibre (yet). But we get 10 songs that kick ass and sure promise a bright future. So keep an eye on these guys, they should be able to toughen the competition at the top.