Formed in the fall of 2010, Indiana’s Stone Magnum play doom metal that taps into other genres. The band itself notes that it “offers metal music that is traditional, powerful, and timeless in appeal.” In January 2012, Stone Magnum released their self-titled debut exclusively on vinyl through Chicago’s Rest in Peace Records. Now, the band has unleashed their second studio album, this time on CD, titled From Time . . . to Eternity. Take Five spoke with Stone Magnum, the results of which appear below.
How would you describe your musical approach? What band(s) would listeners be surprised that has influenced your musical approach?
Stone Magnum: “Our approach is quite simple . . . we get together . . . plug in our instruments and fire up our gear . . . and just start playing heavy metal music. We don’t try to format our sound to any specific genre—it’s just the makeup of the guys in the band, all our personal musical influences over the years, and our current state of mind during the writing process that dictate the outcome. We are all in the 40-50-year-old age range, so we have many years of influences go draw upon. We are partial to all bands from all genres of heavy metal and hard rock, everything from Nugent to Dismember and everything in between.”
Tell me about your sophomore full-length studio CD, From Time . . . To Eternity, released by Rest in Peace Records. What can listeners expect to experience?
Stone Magnum: “It is our second release on Rest in Peace Records. Our debut release was a vinyl-only edition, and we decided with R.I.P. to release the second album on CD this time around. This new album features our newest band members, Nick Hernandez (vox) and Ben Elliott (bass), along with the original guitarist Jim Brucks and drummer Brad Toth. This new album turned out to be an epic doom metal experience. The songs are dark, foreboding, and monolithic.”
Although your core genre sounds like doom metal, there’s a certain sharpness and aggression to your sound as well. How did you come to craft this sound? Be as technical as you like.
Stone Magnum: “We have been described as doom metal since our inception, and we have no problem with that, and to some extent have categorized ourselves in the doom metal genre. But this is more or less a descriptive proclamation of what our listeners can expect to hear when they turn on our music. Sure, we have a great deal of slow, foreboding passages, but we tend not to remain in that pace throughout our songs. We like to stretch the entire landscape of tempos, structures, etc., to create an interesting and compelling listen for those who are tuning in.
“I think we are simply a heavy metal band that captures the slow, heavy, and bleak directions of heavy metal music. While we love doom metal, as we do all genres of heavy metal and hard rock, we don’t confine ourselves to one specific genre. What is interesting is that we can crossover and be taken seriously by fans of other genres. We typically don’t limit our live performances to just doom metal bills, either. We’ll play shows with bands from any genre as long as they are playing their style of heavy metal with conviction and integrity.”
Tell me about the track “In Tongues They Whisper.” What inspired the lyrics? And how did you go about translating them from your brain and onto paper?
Stone Magnum: “This song was written with our former lineup from the debut album right during the time the debut album was being recorded. It’s packed with big riffs and just throws a boulder right into the listener’s face throughout. The concept of the lyrics is about an evil soul obsessed with murder, betrayal, and general malcontent. This soul doesn’t want to be this way, but it just cannot change and eventually succumbs to a fall and is sent to hell to be confronted by demons. It would much rather be a kind soul so it could forever live in peace, but it’s just not happening for it. So, as this soul’s punishment, it is returned to back to life over and over again to continue with its malicious deeds, only to fall to the same fate over and over for eternity.”
Any chance of you coming to New Mexico anytime soon? If so, when and where? If not, how close do you think you’ll come?
Stone Magnum: “There is always a chance that we’ll make it to the southwest, but as of now there are no plans in the works. We don’t have any tour support as of yet. We’ll be hitting the East Coast in late fall/early winter and will continue to do our Midwest area. By this time next year, we hope to have visited the West Coast. We are not a ‘working’ band, and we more or less take advantage of opportunities if they present themselves. We aren’t pounding the pavement to find opportunities. We’re content with just letting things come to us.”