The Stone are a band from Serbia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw form of black metal with elements of death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Nekroza" which will be released in October.
A very dark and epic sound along with synths and tribal style beats start off the album before going into a more raw and melodic black metal direction along with some powerful sounding bass guitars, blast beats and deep yet grim screams and the band also uses a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
After awhile you can hear elements of blackened death metal being mixed in with the bands raw and melodic black metal style and the solos and leads the band uses bring in a melodic Swedish feeling when they are utilized as well as making the album have more of a dark atmosphere and after awhile you can hear some thrash influences being mixed in with the bands musical style.
All of the songs sound different from each other while they all retain the old school black metal feeling which is a very dominant part of the bands musical style and they also bring in a few long and epic tracks and the solos after awhile start incorporating more traditional metal elements into the leads and some of the riffing starts bringing in an early 90's Morbid Angel influence into the bands musical sound.
The Stone remain true to their raw and melodic black metal sound of previous recordings while also keeping a good amount of thrash and death metal influences in their musical sound, the production has a very raw yet powerful sound while the lyrics are written in Serbian and cover nihilism, death and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from the Stone and if you are a fan of raw and melodic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Kosmar" "Lov na Vestice" "Mrak" and "Prefgoblje". 8 out of 10.