Friday 19 June 2020

Huanastone - Third Stone From The Sun (Album Review)

Release date: June 19th 2020. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Third Stone From The Sun – Tracklisting

1.Viva Los Muertos 05:24
2.Bad Blood 05:24
3.Oliver Pt. 1 01:33
4.Oliver Pt. 2 04:18
5.Third Stone from the Sun 06:06
6.Carnivore 05:35
7.She's Always 05:57
8.Neverending 05:56
9.La Petite Mort 05:23


Tobias Gonzalez
Victor Hansson
Carl Lambertus Olofsson
Filip Larsson


Swedish Stoner Rockers Huanastone return with their new album Third Stone From The Sun and the guys have aligned themselves to one of the best “Indie” Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal labels in the business with Argonauta Records. This album offers a more grown-up and mature sound from the Swedish collective. As the album is more melodic and bursting with Progressive Stoner Metal themes, riffs and ideas that feels like Huanastone are a different band compared to their last record.

Third Stone From The Sun is primarily a Stoner Rock/Metal album but the band still add highly melodic movements of Grunge, Desert Rock and Hard Rock for a more well-rounded experience. Taking influences from KYUSS, early-era QOTSA and other Desert Rock style bands, Huanastone add a more adult tone with their lyrics and vocal delivery which is held on the album.

The 9 songs on offer sees a band more at ease with themselves and let their music do the talking with the superb opening song – Viva Las Muertos – having a classic Desert Rock/Stoner Rock swagger with a world-weary Psych Rock and Grunge based approach. The dark aspect of Huanastone really hits home when the band fully get into the groove on the later stages of the song.

Second song – Bad Blood – opens with a Psychedelic Riff before a moody QOTSA-esque atmosphere dictates the action for an aggressive style of music that allows Huanastone to have a know-it-all attitude which allows the record to become an even better experience. Even the riffs are the most dominant force here, the vocals are perhaps the best part of the song.

Up next is the two-part attack of Oliver Part 1 and Oliver Part 2 with Huanastone offering almost 6 minutes of finely played Stoner Rock/Metal which is both mellow and aggressive with each subsequent part.

The rest of the album continues the excellent work and style of different sounds heard in the first part of the album. Huanastone maybe offer a more Grungier style of music on the second half of the album but it’s still an inventive and wildly impressive listen with songs such as: Third Stone From The Sun, Carnivore and Neverending being the main standouts on the entire album.

Third Stone From The Sun is without a doubt Huanastone’s best album to date and it’s aided by quality production behind the scenes. If you haven’t heard of Huanastone before then this is the best place to start and check out their already impressive back catalogue.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR. Third Stone From The Sun is available to buy now on CD/DD from Argonauta Records.