Stereomud
Perfect Self


4.0
excellent

Review

by Metalstyles EMERITUS
February 11th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some great, strong but yet melodic hard rock that is done very professionally.

Stereomud:
Erik Rogers - Vocals
Corey Lowery - Bass, Vocals
Joey Zampella - Guitar
John Fattoruso - Guitar
Dan Richardson - Drums

Stereomud was a hard rock band from New York, USA. They were only active in the years 2001-2003. In that time they released two studio album, Perfect Self being their debut. The other one is called Every Given Moment. Right now Stereomud are preparing for a reunion tour that kicks off on march 6, 2009. There are even rumors that Steromud is coming back together for good to record a third studio album.

Perfect Self is quite an interesting hard rock album. It has a heavy sound on it and has good melodic vocals. The guitars usually play very low-tuned riffs, mainly guided by the bass which unusually in turn seems to be following the vocals. So it seems that the most important thing on this album are the vocals which guide all the other instruments. The circle seems to be like this: vocals>bass>guitars. The drums are the ones that don't seem to be guided by anything and play it's part independently. This circle really is working well because this album is professionally one of the best hard rock albums ever made. The lead singer, Erik Rogers, has a really strong, uptight voice which really suits this kind of music very well. While the bass is creating the atmosphere, the intense vocals create the mood and lay the base for the electric guitars, to start working on and developing their sound from there. And all this is backed up by some fierce and accurate drumming, which isn`t protuberant, but still is heard sufficiently, making the sound quality very high. It's actually very nice to see that you can get this kind of quality with only the 4 standard instruments: 2 electic guitars, bass guitar and drums, which collaborate with the vocals well. And i'm very happy that this vocal-guided hard rock is done in such a good way, because sometimes when a band has a great vocalist, then the singer eats the rest of the band (for example Chad Kroeger who has a good rock voice and he really shadows the rest of the band, or for a better example, Queen who is nothing without Freddie Mercury). But not Stereomud, they managed to balance the weight of the band among all the members and by doing that, they were capable of making this excellent album.

And after all this eulogy, why only a 4, not higher? Well this album is not without flaws. One thing that is seriously chevy is that this album is stuffed with some 5-35 second filler tracks which are basically nothing more, than a disturbing guitar or electronic effects. It's ok if you have like one, or even two of these effects on an album, but my god, this album has got 11 of those. I mean, with all these great tracks, who wants to put something like this on their album. Thankfully this is the biggest flaw of the album. The second reason, why this doesn't deserve a five in my eyes, is that Stereomud doesn't do anything new or inventive that I haven't heard before in the hard rock world. Like I said before, the sound quality is great and the musical execution is extremely professional, but there isn't anything new about the riffs , or the drumming. It's great, but nothing inventional. Sure the riffs are very aggressive for hard rock and the drumming level is greatly above the usual hard rock drumming, but it`s nothing new. Simply put, Stereomud doesn't progress the genre.

So all in all this album is a must have for every hard rock fan, and infact it's worth checking out by anyone who likes rock and/or metal music. Great drumming, cool basslines, exciting guitar riffs, and some really interesting bridge parts, which are all in perfect harmony with the great vocal performance of Erik Rogers. Melodic, yet hard hitting rock music to slam
your mp3 player.

Recommended Tracks:
Pain
Leave (Back Up)
Steppin Away
Sunlight
Don't Be Afraid



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Metalstyles
Emeritus
February 11th 2009


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know it's a little short, but I thought that i'll get straight to the point

JAV
February 11th 2009


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this cd but tracks 9-12 kinda lose me.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
February 11th 2009


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk, I really dig Sunlight

Wizard
February 11th 2009


20393 Comments


Album was mediocre back in the day. I would almost call this more nu-metal then anything else. Review was concise.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
February 11th 2009


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know that this has some similarity to nu metal, but on a deeper listen it is definitely hard rock.

concise-is that good or bad?

xThisFireBurnsx
February 11th 2009


31 Comments


Man this cd is old. I remember these guys they were pretty good.

absurdismwine
February 11th 2009


304 Comments


haha I listened to this in the 7th grade

Metalstyles
Emeritus
February 12th 2009


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, I know that it is old, but it is still great.

random
April 24th 2011


3016 Comments


This album is like something you would find in the Kmart bin.

Digging: Church of Misery - Houses of the Unholy

wyankeif1337
May 23rd 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening to Lost Your Faith, bringing out the angsty tween in me. feels good, man.

random
July 27th 2016


3016 Comments


This is awesome nu-metal.

mete0ra
February 4th 2017


209 Comments


What a difference five years can make, eh random?

STALFOS83D
February 16th 2019


33 Comments


Sure the vocals uncannily resemble Sevendust I mean one of the members is from that band what can you expect? It don't bother me like I've heard other Sevendust fans complain about on this album.Stereomud differentiates themselves just enough from them to ensure replay value,plus I love the way hard rock/Nu Metal albums from this period sounded and the distinct vibes they showcase I come back to albums like these more frequently than the current stuff.

STALFOS83D
February 16th 2019


33 Comments


I agree with Metalstyles on Sunlight it's one of moodier slowburn tracks on here inspite of the uplifting title more like Darklight lol.i revisit this one more than other tracks due to it's mysterious aura.



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