Stella
Surrey's Finest


4.0
excellent

Review

by TLH USER (5 Reviews)
August 5th, 2011 | 10 replies | 2,957 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stella's first full length album lives up to the promise of their EP, delivering a musically proficient and artistically sound rendition of the Hardcore / Progressive genre.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Earlier this year, Stella released their first full-length album entitled “Surrey’s Finest” and it certainly lives up to its ambitious title. From their consistently daring and impressive use of sound, to their no-apologies-never-watered-down genre approach, Stella exceeds expectations with their sophomore release.

As Stella continues the hard road that is the music industry, endlessly producing music and touring, it is clear that they are quickly refining their superb sound, which is part-As I Lay Dying and part-Refused. And yes, to answer the obvious question with the even more obvious answer, it sounds just as great as you'd hope.

Listen to the stunning use of sound in each track. “Jakub’s Lullaby” opens with scattershot energy before exploding into intense screams. Then “Hurricane Ross” -- the album’s single, which also has a music video -- penetrates the skull with glorious guitar riffs and impressive lyricism. “3rd Lung”, which is arguably the album’s greatest asset, poses enigmatic questions for the attentive ear. How did Stella manage to combine techno-playfulness with Hardcore / Progressive tropes without it sounding ridiculous? I will never know for certain, but the answer resides in this: Stella is musically sound and know what the hell they’re doing. The result is something rare and impressive.

Stella continues to infuse their music with imaginative lyrics and an unquestionable degree of fun and energy. It’s hard not to throw up the devil-horns and rock out while this album blares in the background -- or foreground depending on where you are. Either way, with talented musicians like this -- the guitar work is once again a standout -- there are many reasons to hope Stella continues to produce albums faithful to their roots, inspirations, and genre.

The entire package is professionally produced and pain-stakingly composed. Each track is surrounded by uniquely different tracks, never lulling the ear into laziness or the mind into a sense of predictability. “Surrey’s Finest” will keep you on edge throughout, and like their previous release “A Moment to Reflect,” Stella continues to accomplish something rare: each track, while unique in rhythm and tone, somehow bleeds into the next effortlessly and without notice. The "groovecore" genre that Stella is attempting to pioneer on this album comes through in certain tracks where melodic tunes and rap-like verses collide into some incredibly unique creations.

“Surrey’s Finest” sees only a few missteps during its runtime. If any major complaint could be levelled against such a release, it would have more to do with the Hardcore genre than it would with what Stella has accomplished here. Hardcore is inherently limited in appeal, so it will not convert any who are uninitiated. However, for those who already appreciate what the genre has to offer, there is absolutely no reason you should not add this to your collection. Track down a copy -- or download some of the tracks on iTunes -- and reap the rewards of this stella-r release. Between this and "A Moment to Reflect", Stella has hit the ground running.


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Parallels
August 5th 2011



6640 Comments


One review a day dude

TLH
August 5th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes and today is a different day from yesterday...I posted the other one yesterday.

Parallels
August 5th 2011



6640 Comments


guess it depends on what part of the world you are from then eh?

TLH
August 5th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah! No worries. XD

Parallels
August 5th 2011



6640 Comments


still, just as a heads up its usually a good thing to wait until your last review as dropped off the page. People don't like it when their review drops off the page and they see the same person with 2 reviews ahead of theirs.

Adabelle
August 5th 2011



4213 Comments


Awww, I thought this was the Surrey that I live in, BUT NO, CANADA.

TLH
August 5th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay, will do. Thanks for the advice Sonic.

And yes, Surrey in Canada.

Adabelle
August 5th 2011



4213 Comments


So yeah, basically the fake Surrey.

Yasgotcha69
August 5th 2011



18 Comments


Nice review man. I will have to check these guys out. Keep it up.

TLH
August 15th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hurricane Ross now has a music video. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JWrX62HRX4



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