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Released: 2011, Indie
I’m always so pleased when I see local underground bands like Stinger creating and writing new original material and not just slogging it out on the local bar scene doing covers. To create an independent debut album takes time, hard-work and commitment, characteristics that are sometimes hard to come by, let alone trying to pay for the thing. It’s guys like Stinger that keep the scene going.
Calgary’s Stinger have just unleashed their debut album MANIC DEPRESSOR and it is a barnburner! It’s a professional package, full colour booklet, lots of pictures and a cool ‘evil doctor’ type picture on the cover. The well-produced, eleven cuts span just under an hour of good time head-banging fun.
This thing is just loaded with guitar! Lots of riffs, lots of solos I really like the solos in the title cut, ‘Manic Despressor’ as well as the peppy little outro riff that flies above the a really nice double-kick attack. I’ve always said you can never have to much guitar on a Metal album. The vocals are a hint of the rougher side, sounding reminiscent of Chuck Billy in 80’s era Testament, note only in tone but in terms of delivery. His forceful voice adds strength to the songs.
Musically, Stinger spans a number of sounds with ease and proficiency. It’s not just a retro sound but the tone is a bit more modern at times. I’m hearing little tiny hints of maybe Black Label Society, Skid Row at their heaviest and the aforementioned Testament. All those dissimilar styles blend nicely into something quite unique. There are a few slower moments, like the middle section of ‘Harmantra’ that bleeds into some excellent soloing.
I’ve bumped into these guys for a few years around the local scene at bars and parties and stuff and I could tell they had the drive and talent to make it work. MANIC DESPRESSOR is a confident, mature debut album that will turn a few heads.
1. Time To Die
2. Manic Depressor
5. Going Down
6. Outlive The Outlaw
7. 12 Years
8. Dream Revolver
9. Hot Rockin'
10. Black Snake Kiss
11. Lucid Screams
Mike Harach-Vocals, Guitar
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