The Stone - _Magla_
(Folter Records, 2006)
by: Kostas Sarampalis (6 out of 10)
Serbian black metal is not something of the norm, The Stone being one of the few metal bands I have heard from this country. Average black metal is the norm though, and this is not really an exception.

_Magla_ is comprised of six long tracks of semi-brutal black metal. There are hints of death and doom elements here and there, but not enough to make me use the term "diverse". The lead guitar that pops up often is appreciated, lifting the drums / vocals / guitars blanket and offering some variation. Having said that, the production is rather good, with all instruments clearly audible and possessing enough weight to achieve the intended impact.

Opener "The Fog" and "The Law of Force - The Triumph of Death" are interesting pieces, with guitars waltzing about a bit more than the typical average black metal pariah; but at the same time, "As the Destruction of Inevitable Is Coming Forth" and "The Plague" seem to go nowhere. Folding the album, "Moon's Ray" has some nice passages, but overall the main problem with _Magla_ is that it fails to retain the listener's interest and attention for the duration of its running course.

The Stone seem to have the ability to use their instruments competently and write some good tunes, but they need to put some effort into making those tunes more interesting, break from the norm by utilising said doom and death elements more and infuse some personality in their music. They have potential and this album is not bad, but don't sell your mother to get it (no objection for the mother-in-law).


(article published 20/4/2007)

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