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SPEAKING TO STONES

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American progressive metal band SPEAKING TO STONES was formed around 2004 by guitarist Tony VINCI and released so far two albums, one selftitled in 2006 and second one not long ago in fall of 2012 titled "Elements", both well received by the fans and press.

Tony VINCI has so far used different lineups for the two albums, the second lineup, featured on "Elements", being the most solid and gifted formula featuring among others Andy ENGBERG (SECTION A) on vocals and Mark ZONDER (FATES WARNING) on drums. Musically speaking, SPEAKING TO STONES try and succeed to make some prog metal not far from the DREAM THEATER-fame with elaborated and complex arrangements.

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3.09 | 3 ratings
Speaking to Stones
2006
4.06 | 9 ratings
Elements
2012

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 Elements by SPEAKING TO STONES album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.06 | 9 ratings

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4 stars Color me surprised. I was not really expecting to like this new album from Speaking to Stones, entitled "Elements". I had heard their earlier self-titled effort, and I came away rather unimpressed. In fact, I've heard they even used a drum machine on that album. Yet, "Elements" has really captured my imagination. From the wonderful artwork to the interesting concept, this album really shows much potential.

Speaking to Stones has changed since their first album. Not only do they have a drummer now (Mark Zonder of Fates Warning), they also introduced a keyboard player (Anthony Brown) and a new singer (Andy Engberg). These are major changes, and it really shows. This is not the same band anymore. They now have some wonderful keyboard arrangements, rich vocals, ear-catching drums, and pulsating bass lines. The melody on this album is noteworthy, as the album is almost never devoid of it. Melody seems to have been a focus in the composition of "Elements", and the wonderful piano passages solidify that assertion. Of all the elements of this album, however, the guitar work really stands out the most. Again and again, I was blown away by the soulful, technical guitar passages that seem to be another real focus of this band.

"Elements" is a very well written album with a great elemental theme. The tracks are all quite long (none are shorter than 9 minutes), and the melodies seem very appropriate for the mood being conveyed. The titles of the tracks show the theme well, but it is the even deeper lyrical content that catches my ear. As far as I can tell, the album is somehow relating the human experience to the divine using the theme of the elements. This is something I look forward to investigating further as the musical accompaniment is so good.

The album does have some flaws, though. I did find the lyrics on "Fire" to be a little hokey, and some of the music does seem like rather standard prog. Yet, there are also wonderful high points, especially the amazing "Quinta Essentia" epic. I find that, overall, this is a very promising album with an array of wonderful musical and conceptual ideas and a rather glorious atmosphere throughout. I really do expect a true masterpiece from this band in the future.

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 Elements by SPEAKING TO STONES album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.06 | 9 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Tony Vinci needed almost 6 years to come with a second offer and expectations were high from me, but better late then never, Speaking to Stones released Elements in november 2012 their best album so far and one of the best prog metal albums from 2012. This is to my ears an impressive work from the head of the band Vinci, he put a lot of talent and skills here, he is just magnificent here. Tony Vinci has so far used different lineups for the two albums, the second lineup, featured on Elements, being the most solid and gifted formula so far featuring among others Andy Engberg on vocals from prog metal band Section A , Mark Zonder on drums from Fates Warning, I don't have to mention his prestation here, just listen and convinced yourself. Well ok the album and over all sound is killer to my ears. Complex and complicated passages, where the guitar of Vinci really shine and in duel with the keyboards the result is awesome. 5 pieces all of them long, elaborated where the prog metal elements are all over, each musician really did a great work. I don't know why this guitarist is so unknown world wide, because to me is one of the best I've hered from prog metal zone, is skillful has a great tone on guitar and above all his ideas, specially on this release is excellent. Speaking to Stones needs a far more recognition then has now, really fans of the genre must discover this band and specially Elements, one of the best prog metal albums from 2012 for sure. Easy 4 stars for this little treasure.

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3.09 | 3 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Speaking to Stones is an unfairly unknown prog metal band from USA formed by excellent guitarist Tony Vinci. The band released so far 2 albums, their debute was issued in 2006 selftitled at Lion Music. On this first release Tony gathered around him some good musicans , unknown to me, Richard Fink IV the vocalist is specially a winner here together with of course Tony. Speaking to Stones offer here a melodic prog metal with fine moments and passages, where the guitar has an important role, but also the keyboards are pretty decent for sure. Not as complex and with complicated arrangements as their next one but definetly good prog metal to my ears. All pieces are more then ok with a plus on Still Life or My final sin. 3 solid stars, their next one Elements is outstanding.

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