12 Stones
The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday


3.5
great

Review

by Austin USER (41 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2010 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The post-grunge veterans release a solid collection of songs that should be more than pleasing for the fans.

12 Stones has done well in their decade as a band. Although never reaching an extraordinarily high level of popularity they’ve been successful within their niche of Christian hard rock that focuses more on the rock and less on the preaching so as to be accessible to a secular audience. They were responsible for getting many people into hard rock, including myself. I’ve found each of their releases to be very enjoyable; the raw, passionate self-titled debut, the heavier and more riff-focused Potter’s Field, and the more mature Anthem for the Underdog, which managed to balance the rockers with tracks that showed a gentler side to the band.

On the band’s new EP, The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, they continue with the more mature sound of their last release. Although the EP is lacking the guitar solos that guitarist Eric Weaver often brought into the mix on the band’s other releases, it’s a very solid collection of songs, mainly due to Paul McCoy’s improved vocals. Lead single We Are One was the worst way to represent the EP, since it serves as little more than a decent but repetitive anthemic track, something that’s been done better by the band in the past. It’s the sort of track that will do well as the rousing, mid-tempo theme to a sporting event, but it’s not very exciting otherwise.

Thankfully the rest of the EP is much stronger, and surprisingly heavier than would be expected from the band at this point. Opener Welcome To The End comes out with chugging riffs and Paul’s signature gruff yet melodic vocals taking the reins. During the heavy riffing in the bridge we get a return of Paul’s scream, something we haven’t seen since Potter’s Field, and it’s actually a harsher scream than before. Enemy essentially follows the same pattern as the opener, and it’s another good rocker, although it’s slightly weaker due to its generic lyrics. These tracks are a good sign that the band hasn’t completely lost their edge, which was what it looked like might happen after the strong but more mellowed-out Anthem for the Underdog.

The strongest track here is Disappear, and it’s one of the better tracks the band has released, period. It’s actually not the typical 12 Stones sound, it’s more akin to Breaking Benjamin, particularly in the song’s main riff, but it all works out for the best. Paul’s vocals are very strong here, and the band manages to inject enough heaviness into the song to keep it moving. This should have been the first single that the band released for the EP, as it suggests a much better direction for the band than We Are One.

Even though Lie To Me was a strong track, the biggest issue with the Anthem for the Underdog ballads was that Paul’s vocals were often overbearing, and they’ve remedied that here with the EP’s lone power ballad, Tomorrow Comes Today. It’s a fairly standard radio-friendly song, but it lands on the better side of the spectrum, driven by a good melody.

Ultimately, while The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday may not be anything groundbreaking for the genre or even the band, it suggests that even as 12 Stones grows into a more mature sound they can still deliver a strong set of tracks, and hopefully they continue their progression on the next release.

Top Tracks: Disappear, Welcome To The End



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any idea why they released an EP at this stage of their careers ttb? Seemed strange to me.

tiesthatbind
July 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They planned to release an album, but for some reason relating to their record label (no clue honestly, but that's what I read) they were forced to release an EP.

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Emim
July 23rd 2010


26649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good, and you're right, Disappear is the best here. Looking forward to the album when it drops.

Pos as always, bro. Great review.

tiesthatbind
July 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. I'm definitely anticipating their next album, although who knows how long it will be til then.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


16571 Comments


i've heard of these guys but never checked them out. not sure how i'd like this, i hate it when bands ditch their harder edge/chugging riffs for accessibility and ballads.

good review.

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BigHans
July 23rd 2010


26454 Comments


I find the band to be kinda sorta ok but kinda sorta meh.

Apollo
July 23rd 2010


10340 Comments


good review Ties, this is not my cup of tea though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


8371 Comments


good review dude, but I have never given this band a chance, mainly because I always thought they would be just another christian rock band. ...And I'm kinda sure I still won't give them a chance haha - they just sound too "standard".

tiesthatbind
July 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's fair enough, I do admit that part of the reason I still like these guys is because they were the first remotely "heavy" band I ever listened to. I know this certainly isn't most people's cup of tea here.

Emim
July 23rd 2010


26649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check out their first album, Styles. It has better vocals and even some solos. The Way I Feel is a good place to start.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


8371 Comments


The thing is, I've got soooo much stuff to check out (one, for example, being that Brazilian band you rec'd, Emim), and since I'm out of town for 2 weeks currently, the pile is not getting any smaller either.

If I finally finish with that pile of music, I may give this a go; just, i'm not sure when will it happen.

tiesthatbind
July 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Broken is more metal.

But really, Styles, I think you could find some stuff to like with these guys.

Emim
July 23rd 2010


26649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

(one, for example, being that Brazilian band you rec'd, Emim)


Ha ha ha, sorry about that.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


8371 Comments


k I'll add their debut to my pile but no promises guys since it really is damn big.

Emim
July 23rd 2010


26649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's why I don't ask for recs. I go at my own pace with music I know I'll have a good chance of liking.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


8371 Comments


haha, I haven't "asked" for recs either. It's just 2010 stuff I'm yet to check or older stuff that I want to look into or recs that have been given to me

tiesthatbind
July 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, he's been getting rec'd different styles of metal. Hence his username.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2010


8371 Comments


hahaha, that made me laugh

Emim
July 23rd 2010


26649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You can always rely on ties to swoop in with a pun.


YOU SIR ARE NOTHING IF NOT A MASTER OF WIT.

fromtheinside
July 23rd 2010


18839 Comments


the single is sooooo bad.

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