STONE SOUL FOUNDATION

"Electric Valley" (Self-released; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Classic heavy metal with stoner rock inflections is the name of the game for Syracuse, NY quartet Stone Soul Foundation as heard on their 11-track offering "Electric Valley."

Starting their sound with ample amounts of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin while espousing Christian ideologies, this act produces a blues-driven, hard-hitting affair with big riffs, soulful vocals, and a jazzy rhythm section (“Electric Valley”) with the right mix of heavy and bouncy to emit those stoner rock vapors (“Ain’t No Mystery”).

Radiating a warm and fat throwback sound that comes across like a beefier cross-pollination of Trouble, St. Vitus, and Pentagram, while revealing a more tender side akin to Black Label Society at their softer moments (“Window”), Stone Soul Foundation unrepentantly dole out a gigantic hard rock sound with a thread of positive vibes emanating from their sharpened vintage chops (“Gonna Try”).

For more information, check out http://www.stonesoulfoundation.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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