|Review: Stone Magnum - From Time...To Eternity|
|From Time...To Eternity|
Label: R.I.P. Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 4, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:From Time...To Eternity
Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (5 Votes)
From Time...to Eternity, the second full-length from Michigan City, Indiana's Stone Magnum, is pure Candlemass worship. That means slow, heavy and melodic Doom awaits the listener that embarks upon the journey starting with the title track and running through the album's best track, "In the Garden of Beasts." Singer Nick Hernandez, who takes over the microphone duties from guitarist Dean Tavernier, sounds a lot like Messiah Marcolin. His powerful, clean singing and slight vibrato are ringers for the Swedish legend. Unlike Messiah, Hernandez can stray a bit flat on occasion, which is distracting, but not a fatal flaw. The guitars are down-tuned and heavy with distortion, creating an all-encompassing buzz that is, at times, hypnotic. The solos are quite good and I would rate them above average across the board. The songs are well written and the choruses are definitely on the catchy side, especially "From Time...to Eternity," "Lonely God," which also has the best riff on the album, and "In the Garden of Beasts." Stone Magnum rely heavily on slow tempos, as befits any self-respecting Doom band, but they vary the tempo just enough to keep From Time...to Eternity from dragging.
Stone Magnum isn't all that original but From Time...to Eternity is solid, traditional Doom Metal that fans of Candlemass, Trouble and the like should definitely seek out.
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