Mike Field, Jeremy Green`and Rahlen Sullaphen are Stoneflyers. The band from Toronto, Ontario released Inward & Onward which is a ten-song album. It’s a pretty straightforward rock album but contains some technically impressive performances.
The band gets started with “Lucky” which had a clear ‘70’s vibe to my ears. It has open road, take your bike and ride type of feel to it. Up next is “Restitution.” It starts off intense with a great Led Zeppelin-esque riff. As the song progresses you can hear hints of prog and even blues. It’s an interesting mix and I really liked what the bassist was doing which defined the direction of the song.
“Breathe” is another old school type of song perhaps in the spirit of a band like ZZ Top. The chorus is the best and certainly one of the catchiest moments of the album. “The Word” starts off simple enough with acoustic guitar and vocals before becoming one of the most epic songs on the album.
“Tick Talk” is a good one that rocks and the bassist again really shines here. “Baby Blue” is a heartfelt ballad of sorts that is both pretty and melancholy. “Only You” is a fun one that is a good time while “The Call” and “Senses Bleed” have their moments as well. They close with “The Edge” which is every bit a closer that is epic and grand.
The band isn’t crossing any boundaries and in fact they have a classic bar band type quality to their music but they do it well. If you enjoy no frills style type rock you should give this a shot.
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