The Stone Fox are a four piece band from Brisbane, Australia who recently released their debut album Roll The Dice. Roll The Dice is a no frills rock album that is gritty and raw.
The singer takes on a number of different inflections ranging from a hyperbolic Eddie Vedder type to a singer like Everlast. There is no doubt that he stresses his voice in way you can trace back his style to a number of American singers. The recording quality while not bad was also not something you would expect from a professional studio. I could hardly hear the bass drum at times and some song were just too muddy in general. Roll The Dice sounded like a solid live recording of the band which I’m sure some people will enjoy.
First up is “Brown Sugar” which is one of the more intense sounding song on the album. On the chorus the singer attempts demon like growls you find in metal. It’s an interesting juxtaposition from the style he uses on the verse. One of the band's best moments is when they make an unexpected turn halfway through the song. The song relies and crawling bassline and subterranean sounds which were quite effective. Their transition back into the verse felt a bit sudden.
Another solid song was “The King's Jester”. I thought the guitar in the beginning sounded great and enjoyed the how the singer treated his voice on the verse. “Epiphany” sounds similar to a lot contemporary mainstream hard rock while “Razor MOuth” is a whiskey fueled bar song that has a good amount of attitude. “Burlesque and Cabaret” was another highlight which revolved around power chords and a fast BPM.
Although The Stone Fox is from Australia their music has it roots in America. Everything from the vocals to the biker bar type attitude screams red, white and blue. Roll The Dice is far from perfect but is nonetheless enjoyable.
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