Produced, engineering, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. Recorded in the summer of 2003 at Backstage Productions, Derbyshire.
- Adam Frakes-Sime—Vocals
- Scott Atkins—Guitar
- Antony “Mobs” Mowbray—Guitar
- Ian Glasper—Bass
- Neil Hutton—Drums
- A new darkness upon us (intro) (instrumental)
- Don’t need a reason to hate
- Behind the light
- Killer of society
- Dead from the neck up
- The cage
- Bear the scars
- Betrayal has a face
- Pain is weakness (leaving the body)
- Unmarked grave
- Ashes to scatter
- Mantra of a dying world (outro)
I’m running hugely behind on reviews this autumn and for some reason I really thought I had already written this review. Probably because I’ve listened to this album more than probably any other album I’ve reviewed during this project. It sat in my car CD player for weeks. Last.fm tells me that I’ve played 90 Stampin’ Ground tracks in the last 90 days; they are my fourth most-played band in the last six months.
This was one of those albums that hit a chord with me on my first play through. Stampin’ Ground from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire here in the UK play fusion of hardcore and thrash. Imagine Exodus, Slayer, Hatebreed and Biohazard forming a supergroup and you more or less have their sound down to a tee.
A New Darkness Upon Us (2003) is the band’s fourth, and to date, last full-length album. According to Encyclopaedia Metallum the band formed in 1995 then took a hiatus from 2006 until 2014 when they reformed. I’d definitely love to hear both their back catalogue and whatever they might release next.
Keeping with my tradition of writing really short reviews for the albums that I love most, I find myself writing the conclusion already.
This is an album I could listen to on repeat for days – and have done. While the album isn’t entirely perfect, I can’t but give it a full 10/10: the flaws just don’t seem important enough to quibble over. I can see me listening to this album for a long time yet.
It is discoveries like this one that makes me love this project and probably is why I am running behind on reviews (it’s currently early October): I just don’t want it to end.
Review score: 100%