Review: Stone Broken- Revelation

By definition, a revelation is something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized and Stone Broken’s latest record, Revelation, that’s exactly that.  Singer Rich Moss has said that coming out of the pandemic, the band wanted this album to be about more than just fans leaving shows singing the songs as they went home; the band wanted to take risks and challenge themselves to raise their creativity, sound and production to a completely different level.  Home. Run. Grand. Fucking. Slam.  Revelation kicks off with a Pop Evil-style adrenaline rush in “Black Sunrise” before the rock and roll party of “Devil You Know” and the title track lead right into two of the strongest songs the band has ever written in “Make It Out Alive” and “Me Without You.”  These two tracks are the stand out songs on the record and will be two of the songs Stone Broken are remembered for when they’re long gone. “Make It Out Alive” has some of the most hypnotizing guitar work ever and, when you throw in drummer Robyn Haycock’s angelic voice to compliment Moss makes this one even more powerful and the build up throughout the song is just perfect. Then there’s “Me Without You,” which is painfully honest and shows the band as vulnerable as they’ve ever been. Lyrically, this song and the instrumentals that accompany it make this one more moving that it should legally be allowed to be. If “Me Without You” isn’t Stone Broken’s biggest song after the record releases, it’s highway robbery.  “Without A Reason” kicks the energy back up at the perfect time and this is a track you shouldn’t listen to while driving…you know what? Fuck it, do it. Hit the interstate or highway, roll the windows down, hit the gas and have some fun- this is the song for it- it’s a pure adrenaline rush.  “Strong/er” is another one where the band throws their heart and raw emotions into and we’re all winners from it before “This Revival,” “So Damn Easy” and “Gimme Some More” close the record out with high intensity and with authority, the only acceptable way.  In the end, this is the third record from Stone Broken but the first two don’t hold a candle to Revelation. The risks they took, the creative liberty they felt and the vulnerability they put on the line paid off in every way imaginable.  Rating: 9/10 -Reggie Edwards