EP REVIEW: Terra Stigma - Terra Stigma (EP) (2010)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Terra Stigma
EP: Terra Stigma
Label: Good Records
Genre: Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
Sounds Like: Paramore, Deftones, Avenge Sevenfold, Tool
Technical Grade: 10/10
Snare Drum Tonality, EP Release
5 piece Alternative Rock Band Terra Stigma release their latest self-titled EP in 2010. Terra Stigma is one band that is no stranger to the music business having opened up for such acts as Rev Theory, Reach 454, Passafire, Phanthem just to name a few. Band members include Justin (Voice and Guitars), Shawn (Bass), Frank (Drums and Percussion), Tim (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) and Pete (Rhythm and Lead Guitars).
The EP kicks things off with a "Defaced” an apocalyptic intro piece that eventually evolves into a dynamic intro track that serves up driving rock rhythms against aggressive guitar segments and flowing melodic vocals from Justin. Track 2 “Final” keeps things moving with its progressive intro, dynamic musical flow and thought provoking vocal segments and harmonies. I especially like the lyrical content and vocal finale on this piece from Justin. Track 3 “Still Here” serves up a passionate, progressive rock crescendo that dishes out melodic guitar ambience, against well placed harmonies and hypnotic vocals that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Deftones, Avenge Sevenfold, Tool,, and even Dashboard Confessionals with perhaps a dash of Paramore. Fans of all things from Hard Rock and Progressive Metal will thoroughly enjoy this EP. As the production slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very dynamic, progressive and full of musical peak and valley. All in all this EP has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive writing, playing and thought provoking lyrical content. Justin’s vocal style is hard to pigeonhole, but his passionate baritone works well within the confines of this catalogue. For the record he he holds the melody line extremely well song for song. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences and packed to the hilt with everything you would expect from a cutting edge hard rock release. It’s definitely a fully loaded EP from start to finish with some heavy rocking grooves, amazing riffs, sizzling solos, solid low end rhythm section and melodic vocal layering. The EP ends with my favorite track “Leave My Body” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I don’t care for the snare tone on all tracks. I usually deduct 1 star for EP teaser releases as well.
The latest EP by Terra Stigma is Rock Solid and an impressive musical production from start to finish. The music is clean but heavy and goes down smooth, with passionate messages that are sung from a deeply honest perspective. Like the aforementioned fans that like the hard hitting modern rock sound will love this EP. There isn’t a weak song anywhere on this entire EP. Terra Stigma is clearly a professional grade musical product from Long Island. I look forward to checking out the full length to be released later this year.