Stone Temple Pilots
High Rise


3.0
good

Review

by Green Baron USER (116 Reviews)
October 6th, 2013 | 44 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist


Could someone please tell me why Stone Temple Pilots are continuing to perform under their name? After "kicking out" Scott Weiland (who, by the way, founded and fronted the band) and replacing him with Chester Bennington, it's a mystery as to why they didn't change their name. For me, Stone Temple Pilots will forever be associated with 90's grunge and Weiland's Vedder-esque singing style, not with Chester's nasally "nu-metal" voice leading the band. One could say that they kept the name for popularity reasons, but plenty of bands have gotten new lead singers, changed their name and remained successful. Look at Alter Bridge or Audioslave, both of which retained commercial and critical success even with a different moniker. Some people will make the argument that the album is credited as Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington), but it doesn't matter. The first thing people will see are the words 'Stone Temple Pilots', when in reality this isn't a STP record.

It's clear by the opening track, and the first single that Stone Temple Pilots released with Bennington as vocalist, "Out of Time", that this is a completely different band. It's not a completely horrible song, but it's nothing more than standard post-grunge with average vocals. The DeLeo brothers' bass and guitar work aren't that much different, but Bennington's vocals aren't a great fit for the band. On songs like “Black Heart” or “Cry Cry”, it seems as if he's trying to imitate Weiland's vocal style, and the song suffers as a result.

Meanwhile, songs like “Same on the Inside” or “Tomorrow” are pretty decent alt rock jams, and contain both the hooks and the riffs that made them such a great band to begin with. The latter steals the riff from “Vasoline” in the verses, and as a result, makes the song a little too familiar than it should be. Luckily, its chorus is original and really shows off Chester’s vocal range, something which can also be said for “Same on the Inside”. The highlight of this EP, “Same on the Inside” has a hook that is one of the best that the Pilots have made in the last twelve years. DeLeo’s guitar riff is what drives the song to its high point, and Bennington's vocals fit in perfectly with his crunching guitarwork.

Overall, if you’re looking for a Stone Temple Pilots record, you’re not going to get one. Chester’s vocals are pretty different from Weiland, and whenever he tries to sing like him, the whole track suffers. But if you take High Rise as a debut effort from a new group, it’s ultimately not that bad. Some songs are rather bland, and that’s mainly because Bennington’s vocals are rather weak on those tracks, but there are a couple of good tunes that make High Rise more than a misfire.



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YoYoMancuso
October 6th 2013


11153 Comments


So this band still exists

Calc
October 6th 2013


12251 Comments


You bash them for keeping the name, basically calling them a new band at this point. Then you say "well if they had another name this wouldn't be that bad."

I fundamentally disagree with your assessment here sir!!

Gwyn.
October 6th 2013


15160 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=720282&dateline=1381074382

fantastic

precursororbs
October 6th 2013


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuck. chester the molester is what brings this album down. without him i'd love this. posd

also don't you need a stream since the album didnot come out yet?


Green Baron
October 6th 2013


20006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

stream here: http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1641588595464922570

stp and lp should collaborate on a remix album and see how that turns out

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Underflow
October 6th 2013


2579 Comments


This collaboration is perverse.

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Sapient.
October 6th 2013


1109 Comments


Chester's voice somewhat brings to mind the "Tiny Music..." era of Scott Weiland's voice. still, the songs I've heard from this don't really have me very excited to hear more new material

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 6th 2013


13341 Comments


sweet

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PistolPete
October 6th 2013


3629 Comments


It seems they didn't necessarily keep their name so much as just add Chester Bennington to the end of the album artist.

The album cover even even says Stone Temple Pilots "with Chester Bennington". Iunno it reminds me more of when Neurosis partnered with Jarboe for a brief album and the artist in that case was technically "Neurosis & Jarboe".

Anyways, EPs are usually meant as trial runs or experiments and that's exactly what this is. Maybe if they see Chester staying with them in the long-term, they might think of changing their name who knows.

Good review though! I'm gonna check this out.

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slagun
October 6th 2013


713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

''Chester's voice somewhat brings to mind the "Tiny Music..." era of Scott Weiland's voice.''

Thats what I thought too.

Anyway a decent listen.

OrangeBLOOD
October 6th 2013


120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the first song sounds like a velvet revolver song

joesmoe4000
October 6th 2013


371 Comments


chester's voice could never compare to scott's!this is average a very boring & generic sounding
listen.

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GodBlessPilot
October 6th 2013


48 Comments


This band has always been very generic and boring.

SitarHero
October 7th 2013


4698 Comments


FYI, the DeLeo brothers are every bit as important to STP's sound as Weiland. Despite having a different singer, STP sounds just like STP. And now with less bullshit wacko distractions.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 7th 2013


13341 Comments


thx

Pheromone
October 7th 2013


3633 Comments


Bad band, worse now.

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slagun
October 7th 2013


713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

''This band has always been very generic and boring.''

''Bad band, worse now.''


You guys obviously never heard Core or Purple.

Smial
October 7th 2013


800 Comments


well, purple anyway. Core was a little dry if you ask me, but still p sweet.

when did it become cool to hate this band?

slagun
October 7th 2013


713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

back in the 90s

zakalwe
October 7th 2013


8518 Comments


Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop best STP

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