ALBUM REVIEW: White Stones – Kuarahy


If you know, have interacted with me through social media, or have seen my list of top albums of 2019, you would already know that I’m an Opeth fanboy. I love, basically, everything that the band has released. You would also probably know that I’m a bass player and (yes, you guessed it!) Martin Méndez is my favorite bass player and one of my top inspirations to play the four-stringed instrument. So, when I heard that he was releasing a new Death Metal project, called White Stones, I was equally excited and confused. When talking about the release of the infamous Heritage (Roadrunner Records), Mikael Åkerfeldt, singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Opeth, stated that they wrote a Death Metal record as a follow up for Watershed (Roadrunner Records), which is their last heavy record, but Méndez talked him out of it stating that was not the music that he should be writing for Opeth. Can you understand my confusion now?
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White Stones (Opeth) Share New Lyric Video for “Drowned In Time”

White Stones, the new death metal project which counts Opeth bassist Martin Mendez in its ranks, has shared a second single. Their forthcoming debut album Kuarahy, which releases  on March 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the lyric video for “Drowned In Time’ right now! 

 

The band kicked off the pre-order for “Kuarahy”. The album will be available on CD, LP and digitally.

Pre-order your copy here:  https://nblast.de/WhiteStonesKuarahy

 

The tracklist of “Kuarahy” reads as follows:

1.Kuarahy (1:24)

2.Rusty Shell (4:25)

3.Worms (3:57)

4.Drowned In Time (5:17)

5.The One (4:34)

6.Guyra (4:45)

7.Ashes (4:04)

8.Infected Soul (5:59)

9.Taste Of Blood (4:10)

10.Jasy (2:48)

 

The creative process for White Stones’ debut album “Kuarahy” began during a year-long break Opeth took  after the Sorceress tour, as a means of unwinding by exploring new avenues of creativity. Initially that’s all it was ever meant to be. “I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this” says Mendez, “I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael (Åkerfeldt, Opeth singer/songwriter)” he continues. “I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with OPETH, I see no relation between the two. I played “Kuarahy” to Mikael a few months ago, he really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects, it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it; it has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”

 

Named after his birthplace in Uruguay, the record represents a return to his roots, both familial and musically. By exploring the forgotten paths of his ancestors via the style of music that remains his one true love – death metal. “I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still,” he reflects. “I wanted to write music related to that – the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. “Kuarahy” is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun’”, Mendez comments.

 

“Kuarahy” was recorded at the Farm Of Sounds studios in Barcelona and produced by Martin Mendez himself , while Jamie Gomez at the Orgone Studios in the UK was responsible for mixing and mastering.

 

White Stones Live: 

March 20th, Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Prognosis Festival

 

Opeth – Sorceress

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Opeth will be releasing Sorceress on September 30th via the bands own label Moderbolaget Records, thanks to their new deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Continue reading