Stone The Crows
Little Heart Records
When Shadowpact dropped The Narrative in 2014 I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I really felt like they were on to something, while on the other I only really cared for about half of the album. They were super young dudes dropping their first album, so I was excited to see where it all led. A year later, Shadowpact is back with Stone the Crows and I can easily say that excitement has been fulfilled.
This album offers a supremely different contrast from The Narrative in that it sounds fuller and clearer as each song is distinctly its own. The mixing and mastering on this album is also improved and it sounds fucking great. You can hear every word and video game related sound with perfect clarity. It’s seriously impressive.
Those video game related tones and samples on this album perfectly reflect the lyrical content as well. The first track, “Game Over,” is an excellent example of this. When one uses a bit crushing tone and refers to himself as an “Orc Slasher” he is working with a clear theme. Gaming is a theme I can get behind, but it’s not the only on the album.
Each song both thematically and musically stands on its own. The only idea that seems to come up more than once is a carnival atmosphere. In “86’ed” Marvel literally says, “Welcome to our carnival.” In “Bearnos” they introduce each other in a carnival way while the beat is whimsical and happy which fits in with the carnival theme.
The standout track is definitely “Bats in the Belfry.” It’s upbeat, catchy, and it’s fucking fun. It’s the type of jam that gets you jumping up and down and everyone was doing just that at The Highlands Taproom for the Stone the Crows release party a week or so ago.
I’m really impressed with how far Shadowpact has come in just a year’s time. Stone the Crows sounds like a release from a group who’s been doing this for a decade. Once again, they have me excited for where they are going in the future, but this time I’m more excited about what they just put out.
Listen to Stone the Crows below: