Stonekind (Spirit of the Void)
Crank this to 9 of 11 - Editors' Pick
Genre: Progressive rock, Stoner rock, Grunge
Sounds Like: A Perfect Circle, Soen, Hippie Death Cult
Homeland: North Carolina
It's hard to imagine Stonekind are a duo, even with guest musicians, this album is very rich in texture and detail
Spirit of the Void dips its toes into quite a few genres from progressive rock to grunge and stoner. You would think it would be all over the place, yet they somehow manage to be patient and not sway too far into one genre
Vocalist and drummer Jeff Ayers, Jr. has a calming and strong voice. His clean tone is distinct and uplifting with slight moments of welcome desperation
Be sure to listen to the "gapless" version of this album, where the entire album is condensed into 1 track. It's gets even more consuming not knowing where you are, just let the progressive rock flow
Spirit of the Void is produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist Davis Templeton, which is pretty damn impressive. The in-house production gives them total control of their unique vision and enables them to push forward with future albums
1. Ashes Pt. 1 (2:23)
2. Ashes Pt. 2 (2:27)
3. Spirit of the void (6:53)
4. Nowhere's home (2:15)
5. Untethered (5:18)
6. Swamp stomp (5:46)
7. Dust (2:38)
8. Behold the stone (6:43)
9. Nomadic (9:01)
Spirit of the Void
The progressive opening is so engrossing, making it easy to keep turning up the volume. The song keeps evolving into an all out proggy stoner entity with slightly echoed vocals that blend perfectly into the music.
A short tune with an addictive meditative rhythm. Wishing it was a bit longer, but we'll take it.
This perfectly titled song hits all the right notes with heavy fuzz and bluesy stoner rock.
Lets go with a local brew to Stonekind. Freak of Nature IPA by Wicked Weed Brewing in North Carolina. This 8.5% IPA hits with a dry hoppy flavor of citrus and is quite smooth.
Jeff Ayers, Jr - Drums, Vocals
Davis Templeton - Guitars, Bass