Leon : In 1982 the Swedish hard rock band Motherlode was founded, the band stayed alive for twenty-two years, granted with some personnel changes, but in 2014 the band threw in the towel. Bandleader and guitarist Tom Nilson asked the original bandmember of Motherlode, Peter Rundstroem (bass guitar), Christer Hellstroem (Lyricist), and Martin Hedberg (Drummer), to start a new band with him, this was the beginning of Stoneface. A new singer had to be recruited and was found in Andreas Novak (Mind’s Eye). They worked hard on new material which is now released on their self-titled debut album.
The music can be described as uncomplicated hard rock. Nice guitar riffs, some solo’s, and up-beat drummer form the music. It strongly reminds me of bands such as Black Country Communion, but this is possibly because of the voice of singer Novak, his voice sounds a lot like Glenn Hughes’s voice, it’s uncanny. That’s a bit of a shame for me, as I’m not a big fan of the man’s voice, but there are many people who would disagree with that statement. Never minding the voice, the music is at a level which I would expect from people who’ve been playing music for such a long time. But especially Nilson gives the little extra to the music, with the catchy guitar riffs and well sounding solos, the other members are less distinctive. Luckily, the compositions aren’t bad either, it’s absolutely not something that I haven’t yet heard, but it’s easy to listen to and would go well on any rock or metal festival.
Actually, there’s not much wrong with ‘Stoneface’, perhaps you could say that the music doesn’t show enough originality, but with hard rock I don’t mind, really. Let’s be honest, do we want original hard rock? Or do we just want good sounding hard rock? Exactly, the Swedish men have succeeded in creating great sounding hard rock. That said, the quality of the songs isn’t very consistent and there are some lesser ones on the album. Yet, it’s absolutely a nice album that would be appreciated by the hard rock community, and I would definitely recommend a listen or a visit to their live show on a festival.