If you’re not familiar with the name, prepare for this to be a turning point.
Stone Wicked Souls have been, in my opinion, one of the sleeping giants of the music scene in the Eastern Ohio Valley). Hailing from St Clairsvlle, they were originally known as Evolution, and did a lot of cover songs. Reformed years later as Stone Wicked Souls, lead vocalist Bryan Blake, along with Eddie Lantz, Joe Sparkman, and Joe Counter, began writing original music, and Blake’s powerful vocals is what makes their music instantly recognizable to me. While I’ve always been a fan of this band, they have come a very long way from where they started.
The first song, “Hollow”, is like a punch in the face. Guitars fuel every single song, but this one makes me feel like I’m driving in the desert at night, with a bad attitude, and two cigarettes left in my pack. And I don’t even smoke! The blues influence in their music is undeniable.
“Say Anything” starts as aggressive as Hollow, then the groove gets pretty sexy. And as soon as you start feeling it, it blasts back into guitars meant to make the hair on your arms stand up.
Next is “Dance of the Dead”, that I got to hear for the first time at a live show. It’s impressive that this band is so good their live performance rivals the recording. The remaining two tracks are straight forward driven rock and roll. Their overall sound is very reminiscent of bands like Foo Fighters, and even AC/DC, with influences of Alice in Chains and Audioslave. You know exactly what you’re going to get when you hear a song by those artists, and I know when it’s a song by Stone Wicked Souls, it’s going to groove and it’s going to rock.
“Hollow” will be available for purchase on December 1st. In the meantime, you can check our their last release, Asylum Americana, and various other tracks below: