REVIEW: Stereomud - "Pain : Old Man"

By Marcus Pan

Chain Border

Pain : Old ManIn the world of mainstream rock, it's hard to find something different. I try very hard, hoping to find some music that I can present to you that isn't the same thing everyone else is doing. Today I bring your attention to Stereomud - but allow me to disclaim any success with the prior mentioned quest. Stereomud is pretty much the same thing on KRock (92.3, New York, NY) most of the time. But while Stereomud has a standard fare, commercialized aspect and sound to their music, and indeed this rings true as I've heard it more than once on commercial radio, their music has a sort of catchy appeal to it.

The band is made up of Erik Rogers on vocals, Corey Lowery on bass, John Fattoruso and Joey Z on guitars and Dan Richardson on drums. I'd love to be able to tell you where they started, where they came from and other nitty gritty, but I received this CD at an album release party (for Slayer no less…damn ammusing that) in NYC and it came sans press kit and with a pile of other CDs, most of which were booted from the Legends review schedule for being out of format.

Taken off of their debut album on Loud Records LLC (aka Columbia [twitch]), Perfect Self, from what I can tell with this promo single they seem to be in a lot of pain. Indeed, both songs cover this subject intimately. From Pain itself to Old Man in which Erik pleads for the "old man to stop the pain." They're really hurting here. While the likes of Korn have already paved the way for this industrial-metalriffic, stompy-shouty style of music, Stereomud capitalize on this with aplomb. Solid rhythm, powerful lyrics, strong singing and catchy guitar riffs combine to provide a universal heavy metal sound that many can find enjoyable.

A word must be given to the totally cheesy blurbs on this promo jacket. The most comical thing about this promo is what it says here: "Stereomud is not your big brother's heavy band! It's not yesterday, but today and tomorrow. There are no carbon copies, cookie cutters or assembly lines here...etc." And if you paid attention during the course of this review, you know that's pretty much bullshit. Stereomud is the same thing Korn started, Slipknot picked up on and Rage Against the Machine added rap lyrics to. It's just done fairly well, which makes for decent listening, if a bit bland. If the new metal of the late 90s and today is any indication, it pays to be really pissed off and shout about it.

Overall it's quite simple. Don't feel like thinking introspectively or delving too deep into cosmic truths in your music today? AND in a bad mood? Play Stereomud. Instant aggression retractor. Catchy, stompy and you won't get hit with anything that requires a thought process. Remember the old dance the Pogo? Works well here, try it if you don't believe me.

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