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Blood Scent

  • 1. Blood Soaked
    2. House of Cards
    3. One King Down
    4. Awake
    5. Devil Walks Among Us..., The
    6. Broken Face Masterpiece
    7. As Real as It Gets
    8. Wish
    9. Beneath My Skin
    10. Never Will I Break
    11. Casualty for Prayer
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45724

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Hatalak; Mike Hatalak
    EngineerMike Hatalak; Steve Wayland

    Stemm: Joe Cafarella (vocals, guitar); Dan Nelligan (drums, drum).
    Personnel: Steve Crowl, TJ Frost (vocals); Mike Hatalak (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Mike Hatalak.
    Recording information: DWS Studio, Niagara Falls, NY.
    Buffalo, NY-based heavy metal quartet STEMM presents a generic representation of contemporary metal on its self-released album Blood Scent. Dan Nelligan's drumming shows a fondness for pummeling double-bass drums; Steve Crowl's bass throbs along; guitarist Alex Scouten strums typical metal riffs; and singer Joe "Jodah" Cafarella alternately howls and sings lyrics in a gruff voice with the usual imagery -- fire, blood, weaponry -- in the usual mood: rage. "As Real as It Gets" threads in President George W. Bush's remarks at Ground Zero ("I can hear you"), which suggests that the song is about a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, though the lyrics aren't that specific. A cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Wish" succeeds in demonstrating that Trent Reznor is a better songwriter than the members of STEMM, and prefaces the obligatory power ballad "Beneath My Skin" (which is repeated in an acoustic version as a hidden track after the closer, "Casualty for Prayer"). That's about as far as the band is willing to stray from the heavy metal formula, which means it may appeal to a core audience, especially fans recruited by concert appearances, but not beyond that. ~ William Ruhlmann

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