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StoneWire
When the Crow Flies

Company: Century Media
Release: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Greg Watson
  • Top of the line bluesy rock



  • Hailing from the UK, Kent to be specific, StoneWire were a veritable shot in the dark for me. I liked the band name and decided to roll the dice and see what I came up with. Well, let me say that this being the band's debut EP, I am utterly and totally floored! The band sounds tight and as though they've been doing this for decades. The highlight of the album is vocalist Sky Hunter who's voice is soulful, sultry, sassy and powerful. With a sound that is a mix of Janis Joplin and Abigail Lenz from the criminally underrated Swamp Boogie Queen, Hunter shows why you shouldn't just pass on StoneWire.

    And if her voice weren't enough, the musicianship on "When the Crow Flies" is top of the line bluesy rock that will have you stomping your feet and seeking out the nearest crossroads to make a deal with Satan himself. Tracks "Walk the Line", "Southern Honey" and "Vamanos" epitomize the band's sound and will reel you in like a deep sea angler hooking a mako shark. Opening track "Walk the Line" starts of like a slow moving train and then the engine roars to life when Hunter's voice kicks in and the guitars start in with a bit of The Allman Brothers Band flair. "Favourite Bitch" is just a marvelously confrontational track that dares you to look the other way while the band just lays the hammer down. "Southern Honey" has a bit of an Eagles "Life in the Fast Lane" intro before becoming a little more refined and very bluesy.

    The songs just keep getting better as the album goes on. StoneWire clearly know what they want their sound to be and execute it with a surgical precision that is matched by the album's production, allowing for a crisp, clean sound that hits all the right spots in all the right ways. The bass is fattened up and so are the drums and the production just adds to the driving rhythm that guides this album from start to finish. This is definitely a band that many people would probably overlook or pass on checking out but believe me, you need to give this one a listen. With a great sound and soul for days, StoneWire are a band not to be missed.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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