Stampin' Ground - _Carved From Empty Words_
(Century Media, 2000)
by: Alex Cantwell (8 out of 10)
I know that this is supposed to be hardcore, but the more I listen to it, the more Machine Head I hear. Nevertheless, Stampin' Ground is one of the forerunners in the newly burgeoning UK hardcore scene, and rightly so, because _Carved From Empty Words_ kicks massive booty. The drumming is jaw-dropping and is the most technically proficient and creative (ahh, the cymbal work, and those snare rolls, ooh) drumming that I have heard in this particular genre, and it really helps to push the band to a higher level of professionalism -- not to mention manly aggression. When I first put this on, I was head walking and doing air vocals like mad, so it's a good thing that I work alone -- someone else in the vicinity -would- have gotten hurt. These guys have also learned a trick or five from Slayer, but they mold them brilliantly into their own compositions to make for a serious pounding. I feel like I just watched Rocky after listening to this.

(article published 20/11/2000)

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