But I Think Hope’s Inside
Game or Fake
Stick to My Guns
The Purpose of Life
Blistering with pace and instant appeal, Revival by Japanese band Stone Leek, storms through the rooms of punk rockers who feel every riff like a euphoric trip. Their music highlights the downward spiral too, and it also assesses the world – and its leanings towards destruction. And within this record, there are moments when the band expertly tweak punk with their hard-hitting hooks; these compelling, quick fired instrumentals which soar like an eagle.
The percussion becomes a pivotal part of this LP, and those drumbeats are focused, sending the sound into an engaging, breakneck motion. All expectations are met, with grandeur solos aplenty, and the album fully hits the right notes. Ultimately, this is punk rock crafted by musicians who know how to wow crowds and critics while staying humble.
Revival offers brashness, harsh intros, and attitude. The songs all interweave gradually, pieced together like a puzzle, and the band knows how to play their instruments diligently and creatively. And their honest approach exudes passion and compassion with enough sincerity. Every ounce of their being has been instilled into this record, and the mind-blowing solos represent talent and showmanship.
The record opens with a startling intro. It engages as those instrumentals ignite a burning interest. ‘Blast’ lives up to its name too, and the song shudders along, blaring out and becoming this riff infused colossus – it’s definitely a blast. ‘Stick To My Guns’ is a technical song, and the guitar wonder and trickery is fascinating. ‘The Purpose Of Life’ is an acoustically driven song peppered in melancholic lines describing loneliness and isolation.
Stone Leek has all the credentials and attributes to make a name for themselves up in the punk echelons. Revival is a record commanding in its sonic vibe, and the band seems grounded and hopeful of a better future.
Verdict - 8/10