Social Stain – “Social Stain” (Social Stain)
Oh yeeeaaahh babaaay – this is what hard rock should sound like! Although reservedly classed even by the band themselves as merely ‘rock’, the power and heaviness put out by this Finnish quartet is simply too much to ignore, putting them in the big league as decibel abuse contenders. Formed in late 2014 by bassist Toni Broman (Damngod, ex-Before the Dawn) who needed an outlet for his music, he was soon joined by fellow veterans Teemu Kokkonen (ex-Disformed) on vox, guitarist Antti Kokkonen (Profane Omen) and drummer Mika Tanttu (Kill the Romance)! Besides being a classy composer, Broman has got the sound just right on the 12 tracks making up this impressive debut. From a heavy, swaggering rhythm mixed with trash punk raw guitar riffs to wild rock n roll soloing, Kokkonen’s sweet but sassy vocals add that final kick to monster headbangers like ‘Joke’s On You’, the stoner-ish ‘(Ain’t Got) Time To Bleed‘ and the electric, all out rocker of ‘Backstabber’. Honestly, Social Stain the band and album is like one unbelievable mixture of Metallica, AC/DC, Therapy? and Alice In Chains all rolled into one here thanks to Broman’s masterful songwriting – the boy done good!