From Stateside to seaside, there’s just something about a transatlantic fusion that you simply can’t ignore. Stone Angels, hailing from Brighton (a mecca of indie sun-infused, fun loving pop-rock and hard hitting adrenaline based music) are the rebirth of ashes scattered from past bands. With the outlook to provide a seamless medium between US and UK hard rock, their debut album Give In To Temptation is their love letter to the cultures that have inspired them.
The four-piece kick off their 11-track offering with ‘Misplaced Memories’ – a Black Stone Cherry style riff thirsty number, backed up with stripped back vocals. Its a little lacklustre at moments, but its power-hungry undertone is enough to take you into what’s a much stronger twin track.
‘Devil’s Child’ is a glorious tribute to Royal Blood – think ‘Figure It Out’ meets classic Whitesnake. Its head-to-toe heavy with classic wailing vocals that bring it alive. The track is undoubtedly a highlight, and without question, should have opened the record. But, we have some confessions to make…
At times there’s a feeling of complacency. By the time you get halfway through the record, you feel that you’ve pretty much got the idea. The vocals reach high peaks, and then fluctuate between summits and base camps.
Take ‘Thousand Years’ – its got the recipe for success. With a change in tempo compared to the rest of the record, it should be a nice little let up, but its only when the latter gets heavy that you can nod and go ‘oh yeah!’. There’s significant feeling that heavy is this band’s forte, and where they should stay. ‘Fantasy’ is a prime example. Its nimble riff and high-octane vocals is supercharged and super awesome.
Overall, Stone Angels’ attempts of bringing two rock global forces together in one debut record is sublime and a worthy opponent to the big guns. Brighton once again has produced a talent to keep fixated on.