Stalwart - Manifest Of Refusal review


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Band: Stalwart
Album: Manifest Of Refusal
Release date: May 2012

01. The Karma Circle
02. Downgrade Evolution
03. Rise Of The Ninth Wave
04. Last Dawn of the Era
05. Corrosion
06. Idol Of The Time
07. It's Just My Choice
08. Manifest Of Refusal
09. Renaissance Through Devastation

Unbelievably vicious aggression executed through psychotic precision, why the fuck am I just finding out about Stalwart now?

Standing on the shoulders of giants is the name of the game here. Sure, Stalwart play a form of death metal that is noticeably similar to Decapitated, but somehow they managed to take it in their own direction. It's that pure visceral rage, teaming up with technical precision. Throw in a few deep grooves, which give off a hint of Behemoth from time to time, and you've got the overall idea of what this beast sounds like. Now, take that sound and add a fuck tonne of these off-kilter psychotic leads, what you're left with is a pretty cool sounding death metal album.

The problem lies in the fact that Stalwart seem to merely sound like their influences, but just with some extra bells & whistles. Sure, it is well executed, and yes, a lot of times it does sound better than their influences, but when it comes right down to it, there still isn't a whole lot of fresh sounding material here. You can eat the same type of sandwich for a week straight, then start throwing jalepenos on said sandwich on the 7th day, but your still eating the same sandwich.

Manifest Of Refusal is certainly a hell of a lot better than a large handful of death acts you've seen reviewed on here over the past little while. It's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, but will most likely lack the significant personality required to impress many people who aren't already death metal fanatics.


Written on 29.05.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


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30.05.2012 - 02:25
Ah yes, this one's been on my 'to listen' list. I've heard nothing but positive things about it.
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30.05.2012 - 02:38
A staff guy...
I didn't know that they had been working on a new album but yes, these guys are pretty good. I found them after they released their second album back in 2008 and have that album and their 2009 release. I will definitely have to check this one out to see how it stacks up against the last 2...
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30.05.2012 - 05:21
Troy Killjoy
I lost interest in these guys after their 2008 release to be honest. They struck me as rather mediocre and lacking in the aggression department, and their technicality didn't do anything to interest me further.

I'll probably check this out at some point, but not immediately.
Prettier than BloodTears.

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