The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th December 2015.
Tonight see’s months of hard work all come together for Stone Broken, with the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’ and with support from Cause To Effect, My Great Affliction and Lightfire, this is most definitely a night that is not to be missed.
Getting things off to a fine and dandy start for the early evening crowd were Wolverhampton’s very own, Cause To Effect. I had the pleasure of first seeing this band back in October and given their feel for melodic harmonies and rich guitar riffs, they were a great addition to tonight’s line up. Do check these guys out over on Facebook as I’m sure we are going to be hearing a lot more from them in 2016!
My Great Affliction have been noticeable by their absence in recent months, so tonight’s set from the band was a most welcomed addition by me. These guys never fail to deliver some substantial rock ‘n’ roll and frontman Ste Gough is always quite the character on stage. It was great to hear some new songs from the band aswell and I believe My Great Affliction will be heading off to the studio in the new year to do some recording, so that is definitely something to look forward to!
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a festive jumper or four on stage and despite the heat under the Slade Rooms lights, our penultimate band of the evening Lightfire, were just the right guys to make this point. Lightfire’s set tonight was rammed to the brim with energy and their intense brand of full-toned rock certainly went down well with the audience – as did their version of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. I’m guessing that Lightfire picked up a few new fans tonight and quite rightly so, as their performance tonight was first class!
With all three bands having done a mighty fine job tonight in supporting Stone Broken in the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’, the moment was finally upon us, as the band took to the stage amidst thunderous cheers from a packed out Slade Rooms. The smile on Rich Moss’s face spoke louder than any words ever could do and if ever memories could be captured and bottled, then I’m sure that that moment would definitely be a very much cherished one.
The official release date for ‘All In Time’ is 29th January 2016, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to hear the album played live and for those in attendance, the chance to also pick up an advance copy of it. This ten track little beauty collectively captures the ability within the band to write songs with blazing guitar riffs, vibrant drum/bass lines and poignant lyrics, with particular favourites of mine being ’Better’ and ’Another Day’, both of which earned some pretty enthusiastic audience approval tonight.
Without any doubt at all, I can say that Stone Broken were outstanding tonight, as I felt that each band member took their individual and joint performances to a new level. Stage presence can be learnt but in my opinion, the foundations have to be strong in the first place and Stone Broken have never stood stronger than they did tonight!
Stone Broken and ‘All In Time’ made one hell of an impression tonight and I left the Slade Rooms feeling very excited for the band and the bright future that now awaits them.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.