STONE LEADERS – FEATURING DRUMMER JOHN MACALUSO – TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
Multi-national rock band STONE LEADERS, co-founded by world renowned drummer John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, James LaBrie, TNT, Symphony X and currently with Labyrinth and Mike Romeo) will have their self titled debut album released this autumn via Vanity Music Group.
The band essentially came together when Macaluso was doing a drum clinic in Croatia and he asked the organizer to sort out some musicians in the area to jam with. He was then set up with his future band members. Upon returning to Italy, the New York drummer called guitarist Ivan Mihaljevic, the pair soon found themselves discussing an album, alongside bassist, Marko Karacic and keyboardist / vocalist Dino Jelusic.
Produced by Mihaljevic and Macaluso, the album is 12 songs of “dark groove prog.” As the sticksman explains it, “The songs are more groove oriented than mathematical like most prog metal bands today. We have time changes that are really only there to fit what the lyrics are telling. The music is there to compliment the story that the vocal is relaying. Another thing, the songs aren’t so extended that you don’t remember what the intro of the song was when it ends. They’re medium songs filled with hooks. Lyrically, the songs are both spiritual as well as realistic. There’s some fantasy but not really in a sci-fi sense, more in the way of mind battles, searching, life, death, addiction, religion. We try to touch on everything.”
The tracklsting for Stone Leaders is as follows:
01 Box of Fire
03 Fire Up the Oceans
04 Blind Crusade
05 Shot by Lies
06 Toxic Guide
07 Heartless Stereo
08 Unearthly Designs
09 Electric City
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