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Stereo Nasty | ‘Twisting The Blade’

Rarely was there a breath of fresh air through a scene like Stereo Nasty.

Great name. Great look. Great Music. And great fun.

It’s rivivalism at its most charming for an 80’s kids generation that now hankers for Stranger Things and palms on gridlines.

The demo was outrageous sport, which demos mostly are. The problem always comes when bands find themselves confronted by the need to fill an album, and screech up against a creative wall when the gas of exuberance begins to run low.

I wouldn’t say Stereo Nasty are here exactly; but they come perilously close on ‘Twisting The Blade’.

In many ways I feel I’ve had to try far too hard to love this, and more than the nature of the music should require. It’s pretty much down to the vocals.

Balls To The Walls

The Blackie Lawless yowl is impressive, don’t get me wrong. Cultivating that from scratch with authenticity and vigour is some achievement.

It’s just that if I’m honest, it’s quite often just a little sharp or flat of the note (‘Near Dark’), and as well as that, it’s pretty much the only dynamic that Mick Mahon uses across the duration of the album. They need something else: harmonies, clean sung (ie not chalky), just something else.

The start of ‘Through The Void’ gives this a good go – it would have been cool to have a bit more of it.

But don’t think this is a take down. It most definitely isn’t.

Highlight tracks like the absolute balls to the wall ‘Reflections Of Madness’ send you straight back to an reimagined future-past of 1986 leather, steel and lazers fantasia, with just bags and bags full of energy.

The slight creativity deficit dogs the band around ‘Haunting The Night’ and ‘Twisting The Blade’, but that initial energy is re-established after the moody video game style ‘Vengeance’ with the up-tempo ‘Becoming A Beast’ to close out.

The big question is whether Stereo Nasty are cool for the idea and the show they’ve bottled, or for the music they make. It’s party material, no doubt – in a world that’s crying out for it – it’s just how that all translates to album that can be tricky.

The highlights on this are real whoppers, but, alas, there’s a little bit of filler that’s hard not to flag up.

Still though: what a band, and what a vibe.

3.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 29/06/17

  1. Banger of a track

  2. Roger Pedactor Says:

    Reviews on this site are usually of a certain standard, why does the critic in this instance choose to park himself on the fence?????

    It’s like he wants to slate the record but compels himself to find good things to say about it.

    We all enjoyed the demo, goes without saying but they stretched themselves too thin on this one. You’ve said as much in the piece above but it’s sandwiched between compliments and references to the previous demo.

  3. Earl grey Says:

    Could it be… because I like those bits????

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I think this band are really cool. I bought their first album and play it regularly, the songs are excellent, each player is great. The song above sounds immense but I can hear what CT is saying too. I think they have hit upon a really cool formula and it could be developed. Some more harmonies and probably a few tweaks in production to bring them to another level. I think we’re comparing chalk with cheese though. WASP and these bands had huge money behind them to explore the sounds they wanted in studios, probably had a producer with the magic touch etc. I’d imagine Sereo Nasty probably don’t have those resources but they are really good, I’m a big fan and yes if they do anotther album they should think about getting someone onboard productionwise who can advise them in that capacity. It’s no lack of talent or songs for sure.

  5. Eoin McLove Says:

    Money has nothing to do with creativity. I think these lads have found a formula that works for them and that fine but having listened to one of the songs off this album I’m not sure I really need it as it’s incredibly similar to the first one (which I like). Fun live, I’m sure.

  6. no it doesn’t but if we’re comparing production values it is definitely a factor. No underground band these days is going to have the Seventh Son or Somewhere in Time production. It is a factor. These songs are really good, they would be 200 times better if they had a big producer behind them. That’s life I suppose but that sameyness factor we’re referring to has a lot to do with that.

  7. Roger Pedactor Says:

    Lads, that big producer line is a crock of shit. Blackie Lawless produced 4 out of the first 5 WASP albums. So where did he get the advice from? Himself?

  8. Can’t fault the obvious talent here – It’s not my personal cup of tea but it’s well executed and I’d agree it lacks diversity in the vocal department – but in saying that – what a voice! The raspiness is brill and we don’t have many in Ireland that can do it but as CT states – some cleans/harmonies would complement these songs immensely. The production suits them and I don’t see how spending another few grand would elevate these songs any further. The huge potential is there with a few tweaks and some extra checks/balances.

  9. Could it be Blackie was a great producer??

    Its weird to see how peoples opinions on the name have changed. It created many debates on the first album…

  10. Roger Pedactor Says:

    Yeah, all down to production so. Good lads.

  11. You’re taking it a bit personally there. My original point is that having a producer who could optimise the delivery of this type of metal can improve things exponentially. That’s quite simply a fact. Those things that when you are producig your own stuff or working to a budget aren’t often a priority. The vocals are probably the main draw of this band, they need to focus on them more and get the most out of them. That takes a skill that isn’t necessarily required in Death/Black/Grind metal etc. It sounds great regardless but there are people out there who can take it to a whole other level.

  12. doomschmoker Says:

    I love the first album but can’t get too excited about these new tracks. They sound to me like material that didn’t make it on to the first album.
    I reckon i’ll just stick with Nasty by Nature.

  13. Roger Pedactor Says:

    No, these are good tracks, they just didn’t have the right producer guy to make them brilliant. Not their fault.

  14. Lol

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