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Anthem for the Underdog

12 Stones

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Album Review

The post-grunge quartet — now adding guitarist and fifth member Justin Rimer — took time to regroup with their families after relentlessly touring in support of their first two albums. The respite helped the bandmembers return to form just in time to taste the devastation of Hurricane Katrina firsthand. All are natives of the Gulf region, and many witnessed friends and family members cope with the storm's destruction. This, combined with the band's self-proclaimed moniker of being music industry underdogs, fueled the album's title and its undaunted resiliency. The lyrics take you through a journey of loss, betrayal, and the inability to control your surroundings. Songs like "Arms of a Stranger," "World So Cold" and "Lie to Me" tell of unreliable relationships and letdowns. Rimer and co-producer Skidd Mills (Saliva, Skillet, Sister Hazel) kept the album edgy, defined, and certainly loud. Like fellow Wind-Up acts Creed and Evanescence, 12 Stones walk the line between Christian and secular rock. Without overt references to godly subjects, however, Anthem lands more firmly on the secular side of the line. The only setback is a straightforward post-grunge sound that distinguishes itself with little more than glittering guitar work. To that end, the lack of reinvention limits 12 Stones to a tiring yet potent sound that is interchangeable with any number of bands peddling similar alt-metal fare (like labelmates Seether, for starters).

Customer Reviews

A Solid Album

After hearing this over Pandora, I was sold on buying some of their music. Still don't know much about the band, but it seems to have a similar hard alt rock sound as other bands such as Seether, Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Staind, and Chevelle, yet some tracks have a more melodic or instrumental twist, which I think is nice once in a while. Bottom line though, if alt rock is your kind of of music, then you'll definately want this CD.

really good

this guys really now how to rock it, and rock it good! but my favorite album is still their first one!

amazing

one of the best albums ever. all of the songs are amazing and i can relate and have been through most of the stories told in the songs. 12 stones rock!!

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Mandeville, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vocalist Paul McCoy, bassist Kevin Dorr, guitarist Eric Weaver, and drummer Aaron Gainer were mostly still in their teens when they formed 12 Stones in the small New Orleans suburb of Mandeville, Louisiana. After performing no more than 12 live performances, they took their demo to New York City and performed at an industry showcase. The band ended up signing to Wind-Up Records to record its debut album with producer Jay Baumgardner. The album saw release in 2002, less than two years after the formation...
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