Here we have an American trio called Speaking To Stones that delivers progressive rock/metal in the best Dream Theater, Kings X and Queensryche vein. I can also hear some elements of heavy modern rock in their sound, they have recorded a varied album with lots of grooves and strong melodies that makes this an every interesting album. They have worked on this album for over 2 years and it can almost be heard in the arrangements that this is not done in just a few weeks. One thing that that brings down the grading a bit is the drum programming that they have used through the whole album. But I must say that it sound surprisingly good after all - I?m pretty certain that it would have sounded even better with real drums.
Even if the album just holds 8 tracks the running time is over 50 minutes and it?s just perfect because you never get tired of the album. Highlights on the album are "Rescue Me", "Waiting For..." (great piano ballad with lovely melodies) and "My Final Sin". These songs stands out a little more than the rest but I must say that there are no fillers and prog fans will truly headbang to these great songs. Their singer Richard Fink IV has a strong powerful voice with lots of feeling behind it that really shines out. No, this must be checked out by a true progressive rock fan because I?m sure that Speaking To Stones will take many by surprise. A really strong album even if the drums are programmed.