Saturday 21 October 2017

Huanastone - Second Stone (Album Review)

Release date: September 29th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Second Stone – Tracklisting

1.Orangino 05:19
2.Reverend 06:50
3.Downtripper 09:02
4.Metabolt 07:04
5.Lizard Queen 10:14


Bass - Filip Larsson,
Vocals - Tobias Gonzalez,
Guitar - Carl Lambertus Olofsson,
Drums - Victor Hansson


Swedish Desert/Stoner Rockers return with a new album and a potentially huge new sound for the band. As they've added more musical elements to their crazy sound. Second Stone offers a potent mix of 70s Hard Rock merged with 90s sounding Grunge, Desert Rock and Stoner Rock influences. It's a very multi-layered and heavy album with the band impressing on songs such as: Orangino, Reverend and the fantastic sounding Lizard Queen.

Though there's a lot more to this album than the potential first listen suggests. As Huanastone lyrics offer a darker perspective once you've listened to the album multiple times. Some parts of the album are very dark indeed. So KUDOS to the band for writing a darker and imaginative take on the standard Desert/Stoner Rock sound.

The instrumental work is good for the whole album with the band playing different styles of music for each of the individual songs. The album does have a QOTSA style vibe around it. Meaning when the mood does become too depressing or dark, the band unleash a superb guitar solo that elevates the atmosphere to a more upbeat mood.

Overall, Second Stone is a superb sounding album with Huanastone on inspired form throughout. It may not be for everyone but if you're in the mood for something different and perhaps a little big more offbeat then Second Stone is the album for you.

A damn good album indeed....

Words by Steve Howe