Stone Kings: Stone Kings

These Stones rock, not roll.

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Although Stone Kings’ choice of name might lead you to believe that the Kent-based bunch fancy themselves as desert rock royalty, their sounds are less stoner trip and more classic rock’n’roll with the occasional Alice In Chains-like grungy undertone.

The first half of this debut is made of straight-up hard rock songs, while the latter slows down and adds more melody. All this makes their debut polished but not especially unique or memorable in a sea of similarly straight-up rock bands.

However, the strongest aspect of Stone Kings is without a doubt their impressively varied guitar work: there are fat riffs, as in the catchy, punchy opener Crazy Again, southern twangs like those in Taste Of Heaven, and mesmerising guitar solos – crank up Free Yourself’s guitar solo to sink into bliss.

But despite being solid Stone Kings may struggle to stand out. Nonetheless, this is a damn good starting point.

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.