Stonelake are a band from Sweden that plays a mixture of symphonic metal, melodic metal and hard rock and this is a review of their 2013 album "Monolith" which was released by Massacre Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with no fast playing or blast beats being present on this recording, while the synths bring a very dark, atmospheric, symphonic and progressive sound to the recording, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine symphonic power metal, melodic metal and hard rock together to create a sound of their own along with some soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding progressive/power metal guitar solos and leads.
Vocals are mostly clean singing power/heavy metal vocals with some more extreme sounding aggressive metal elements being used at times, while the lyrics cover dark and everyday themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.
In my opinion Stonelake are a very great sounding hybrid of symphonic power metal, prog, melodic metal and hard rock and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fanatical Love" "End This War" "Hater" and "Notorious". RECOMMENDED BUY.