Rich Moss - Lead vocals & guitars Chirs Davis - Guitars & backing vocals Kieron Conroy - Bass
Robyn Haycock - Drums & backing vocals
It's no surprise that people love to compare bands to other bands by their sound, and the biggest band comparison people have made with Stone Broken is old-school Nickelback, mainly due to the fact that Rich Moss' vocals sound similar to Chad Kroeger, but a little softer. I agree with that comparison to a certain degree, because I can hear little hints of Chad in the vocals and combined with the music, it certainly sounds a bit like Silver Side Up and The Long Road era Nickelback, which was when they were at their best. I have to say that I can hear a bit more of Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman in the vocals than Chad Kroeger.
Early 2016 saw the band release their debut album All In Time, which was released independently, and features the aforementioned song "Let Me Go". The band recently signed a deal with Spinefarm Records to release their sophomore album Ain't Always Easy. The first thing about this album that's worth noting is that if you heard the first album, this new album is very similar musically. The first half of the album contains some strong moments, like "Worth Fighting For" and "Follow Me", which are hard rockers and the album's ballad "Home". However, the music itself follows the same radio-friendly formula.
The riffs in the choruses especially, are all chord-based. The vocal melodies can be pretty catchy, and will remain in your head for a while, but the songs from a musical standpoint, manage to follow the same melodic terrain, making the songs sound like the hundreds of other radio-friendly rock songs out there. The second half of the album from "I Believe" to "The Only Thing" is hit or miss. The song that stands out in the second half is "Just A Memory". The main riff is driving and undoubtedly heavy, and the chorus is catchy. Even if you can hear hints of Chad Kroeger and Tyler Connolly in Rich Moss' vocals, he does have a great voice and it suits the music really well. I certainly enjoy simple, straightforward hard rock of this type, not going to lie, but when you look at the music in a broader spectrum, Ain't Always Easy is a very textbook hard rock album, but if that's what you enjoy, Stone Broken will surely appeal to you.
Highs: "Worth Fighting For", "Follow Me" and "Just A Memory" are some good hard rocking songs.
Lows: The songs follow the same formula as many other mainstream hard rock song out there.
Final Rating: 5.5/10