Label: Blue Swan Records
Release Date: November 7th, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada post-hardcore psychedelic spazz-rockers Stolas have just released their new album Allomaternal and let me tell you planet Earth this album is AWESOME. Having been released via Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance’s record label Blue Swan records, this album has an outstanding number of qualities any fan of #swancore could and should expect: chaotic, brazen screaming over zany Mars Volta-esque guitar and drums, counteracted by catchy, melodic choruses and psychedelic intervals, with a heavy dash of smooth, ambient tones that make you feel like crying. Now if that isn’t a recipe for success I don’t know what is. Throw in a dash of somber mental states and math rock influence and we have what can only be summarized as the new Stolas record.
After Stolas reached out to a number of guest vocalists ranging from Jonny Craig to Kurt Travis to Tillian Pearson for their previous album Living Creatures, Stolas decided to go a different route with their new album by not reaching out to anyone at all and conquering this album based on their own talents. In my opinion not only did they knock it out of the park but they succeeding in creating their best album yet. Not only that but I’m pretty sure “Proving Grounds” is my favorite song in the last five years.
This album is for anyone who can appreciate the yin yang balance of life, the dark and the light, this album is for anyone who can sleep through blast beats even though they have all the ambient shoe gaze in the world, this is for anyone who likes to party really hard or go camping because either way it’s a good time. This album is for anyone who wants to go on a journey with your best friend with the full intention of blowing a tire and gaining life experience. That being said, this album is not for everyone, but its for anyone who wants it to be theirs.
Reviewed by Dillon Mitchler