Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
The Zagreb, Croatia-based band STONEBRIDE recently offered their latest studio recording, the ‘Animals On Display‘ EP, available for public consumption.
Still very much an underground act, STONEBRIDE has been active since 2005 and as you either know or are about to find out here, are quite an amazing unit. The quartet – Sinisa (vocals, guitar), Steps (drums), Tjesimir (guitar), and Alen (bass) – have an infectious style and sound about them.
Both are well-rooted in 90s era grunge and alternative rock but such that is augmented with progressive rock, psychedelia, and stoner/desert rock flavoring. It is all so alluring while walking a fine line between aggressive moments and other more sedate, halyconic deliveries. Riff-centered songs are unfolded with ample amounts of groove, emotion, and airier nuances then topped off with powerful vocals.
The four songs here, title track “Animal On Display“, “Embodiment“, “Early Bird” and “Half Of Me“, are steadfast, incredible tracks. Thick guitars permeate the fabric of their being, the rhythm section always building solid foundations upon which everything else hangs.
STONEBRIDE is an island-like pearl amid a sea of mediocrity, their ‘Animals On Display‘ EP is a magnificent recording to experience. It is streaming here in this review or you can head over to Bandcamp to stream / purchase it HERE.
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