The Stone Eye’s sixth full-length album »South Of The Sun« out now via Eclipse Records
Philadelphia’s finest fuzz-fueled prog-sludge rockers The Stone Eye have released their brand new studio album »South Of The Sun« on October 15, 2021 via Eclipse Records.
»South Of The Sun« is available now in digital, cassette, and CD formats.
Says the band: “We are thrilled to announce that our sixth full-length record, »South Of The Sun«, is now available via Eclipse Records. We feel as though this effort is by far our most elaborate and diverse to date, and we are elated to finally be sharing it with everyone. From us to you, Enjoy!”
01. Who’s There
02. Halfway House
04. Witches & Raptures
06. South Of The Sun
07. Aleutian Summer
08. Presence Of The Mind
09. Ethereal Visions
10. Homage To Micah
12. Gone Away
There is a party going on, a celebration, the 4th of July, homecoming. Or just raise your beer can and give a nod from your porch-rocker. Either works, everyone’s welcome. Eclipse Records has signed the Philadelphia based band, The Stone Eye, and everyone’s pumped. The new record, titled »South Of The Sun«, is one of those gems that is familiar somehow, yet takes the listener on a journey mapped out in new pathways. Heavy with a layer of glorious weirdness, this album combines a raucous, dirty guitar sound with clever musicianship… vocals that are as hypnotic in harmony as they are diverse in range… a rhythm section as daring as it is ornate and, at times, funk-a-licious. The two singles are the mesmerizing, »Catatonia« and the groove-oriented, »Witches & Raptures«. They are both soulful and in their own way erotic, both perfect for rock, alternative, and pure metal radio playlists as fuzzy alternative stoner sludge wrapped up in a progressive-rock take on the pop genre.
The Stone Eye was founded in 2014 by drummer Jeremiah Bertin and guitarist/vocalist Stephen Burdick. Following a few years and a couple of lineup changes, with former bassist Wolfgang Noll contributing to this upcoming release before his departure, we have now arrived at The Stone Eye’s current incarnation featuring the original two members along with guitarist/vocalist Christian Mechem and now bassist, Mike Pacca.
Photos by Kenji Fong
When Eclipse Records president, Chris Poland, discovered The Stone Eye, he was most taken by the ironic contrast between their visual image, often laced with comedy and biting satire, and the intricate heaviness of the music. This hybrid is better seen than it is told, and one simply needs to watch the videos of the former and latter to see Charlie Chaplin-esque chase scenes, cross dressing sadists in devil masks, purple and dirty-blonde glam wigs, and decapitated heads singing joyfully. Mix that with innovative guitar work (sometimes smoothed over with a tasty layer of muck) a bass with nothing but balls and bottom, and delicious, progressive mixed-meter rhythm changes that re-set your spine and boom like thunder in a tunnel.
The Stone Eye are good humored and outlandish, while still maintaining a level of musical innovation that is potent and relevant. Of course, new bands are always subject to comparisons, but this one is difficult to pigeonhole. They just don’t sound like anyone else, at least not comprehensively, like Queens Of The Stone Age could be compared to Alice In Chains. The Stone Eye are The Stone Eye. They are new, yet somehow familiar, as if they would play our backyard barbecue in the afternoon and harness the same intensity that evening at a sold-out arena.
The Stone Eye are the epitome of the saying, I sometimes don’t know where they are going, but they always seem to get there. The band induces the listener to explore and evolve. Conversely, they play like they know us. Like good old friends. Like coming home.
The Stone Eye is:
Stephen Burdick – Guitar, Vocals, Bass
Jeremiah Bertin – Percussion
Christian Mechem – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass, Orchestral Composition
Wolfgang Noll – Bass
Recorded by Stephen Burdick (tracks 2-7, 9-13), Cole Brightbill (track 8), Michael Kerchner (track 1).
Produced, mixed and mastered by Stephen Burdick.
Artwork by Gary Fulk, Stephen Burdick, Sascha Rose.
All music & lyrics written by Stephen Burdick except »Catatonia« by Christian Mechem & Stephen Burdick, and »Homage To Micah« by Stephen Burdick & Jeremiah Bertin.
Stream / buy here: https://ffm.to/ssun
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well