US Alt-Metal Old-Newcomers, Stoneside, released their debut single ‘History of Violence’ on 16th April 2021
STONESIDE are comprised of Crane (writer, vocals, instruments and co-arranger) and Wheeler (drummer and co-arranger), and were officially formed in Brookshire, Texas, USA, during the 2020 pandemic. The roots of the group, however, run much deeper, tracing back to frontman Crane’s loss of a beloved family member to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Feeling desperate for the words and guidance of his lost relative, Crane began seeking out age old mystical means of communicating with the deceased. This pursuit continued for years, resulting in numerous intense and captivating stories that begged to be told. This is where STONESIDE comes in, as the vehicle in which to express and memorialise these stories. Each song that STONESIDE create reflects a particular person’s life and death journey – the highs and lows, and the triumphs and regrets.
Although STONESIDE are a new band, Crane and Wheeler have worked together on several musical projects. So, when Crane had the vision to start STONESIDE, it was a natural fit for Wheeler to join the ranks. With so much recent uncertainty in the world, the duo poured their energy into writing and creating music. They converted an old shed into a recording studio and set about recording tracks for their debut release.
The alt-metallers’ engulfing new single, History Of Violence, is as emotive as it is savage. With a gargantuan hook and lo-slung pummelling groove, meshed with majestic ethereal ambience, the single is destined to soar. The track is also said to have a sinister backstory.
“Down here in Texas, there is a place called the Prison Farm Cemetery. After the Civil War ended in the south, people had to give up their slaves, so two intelligent but horrible men decided to open a private prison. Instead of slaves working the fields, this was now a job for the inmates. It was called “‘The hell on the Brazos River” because so many inmates died from exhaustion, heat stroke, and harsh beatings. Even the prison guards perished. They were buried here. This song is the internal dialogue of a prison guard and an inmate, both who died. The video’s director, Andrew Vaughn, wanted to approach it from a religious aspect. Both men shared the same religion, a religion of peace and love, yet here they were locked in struggle and a brutal death that had nothing to do with peace, love and understanding”.
– Crane (Vocalist)
When listening to the bands debut single, I was almost quite literally shaken to the core, I mean how the f**k can you not be with this single? The fact this is a debut single is astounding. Although these guys have worked together before, to create something so monstrous for a debut single, to basically punch through the damn sound barriers with those blistering drums & the electrifying guitars is astounding. I do have a hint of suspicion that these guys are definitely inspired by the likes of Gojira, when the band hits those instrumental breakdowns it sounds like Gojira just walked in and went ‘RIGHT LETS BLOW SH*T UP’ but no, it’s Stoneside creating a monstrous rift in the soundwaves.
Okay, okay, I think I’ve hyped Stoneside up enough with one paragraph. It does, however, lead me to question, what else have they got up there sleeve? As I said before this is a debut single and it is absolutely incredible, so to top this track they must have something truly awesome planned and I’m all for it.
In all honesty, I can see Stoneside blowing up quite quickly, they’ve got a sound that could make festivals like Download Festival UK explode upon the opening riff of The History of Violence. This track will be added to my personal playlist and will be blasted out of my car, as it truly deserves.
How many skulls out of 10?