Out now on Lion Music
Back some six years after their self-titled debut are the progressive metal outfit Speaking To Stones led by guitarist/founder Tony Vinci. Over the intervening years the band have seem some personal changes most notably with Andy Engberg (Section A) now behind the mic and Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) on drums.
For the most part this is somewhat heavier than the bands “Images & Words” inspired debut and more original, let along infinitely better produced and is overall a fine collection of prog metal tracks. 5 in total, but with running lengths from a minimum of 9 minutes to 14 minutes value for money is here with a running time of a hair under an hour.
Perhaps as to be expected there is a lot to digest and it will take repeated spins to fully get into, but its time well spent with “Elements” revealing itself to be a strong album with numerous highlights and instrumental passages, this is also the best I have heard Andy Engberg too which is saying something.
Recommended for prog metal enthusiasts, or fans of heavy music with intelligent compositions.
Rating – 88%