Cast the Stone feature some heavy duty members, including guitarist Mark Kloeppel (Scour with Phil Anselmo, Misery Index), bassist Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), drummer Jesse Schrobel (Legend, ex-Scour), and vocalist Andrew Huskey. But don’t think of them solely as a metal supergroup. A good listen to the epic release Empyrean Atrophy reveals elements of death metal with a mix of progressive and power metal influences. It is solid material with impressive musicality.
With its churling riffs and potent rhythms, “As the Dead Lie” crushes from the start. We continue with “The Burning Horizon” which slithers all over your senses with malevolent patience and progressive/power metal touches. We then have a beautiful interlude, “Standing in the Shadows,” which is simple yet mesmerizing (perhaps a bit of Eastern influence). My personal favorite, “A Plague of Light,” is pure intoxicating ironclad riffs meandering through your bloodstream with superb, masterful drumming and primal vocals. Note well the cover of “Jesusatan,” originally done by Infestdead, and masterfully read by Cast the Stone, cleaned up just slightly without losing the song’s integrity. I am thoroughly taken aback by this release.
Cast the Stone will be performing in September at Full Terror Assault Open Air in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.
Empyrean Atrophy is out August 31 on Agonia Records. Pre-order it here!