I have to admit that I’ve been putting Necromancing The Stone on the backburner for months now, which is strange since 3 former/current members of 3 of my favorite bands are involved. I’m of course referring to James Malone on guitar (Arsis), Ryan “Bart” Williams on bass (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Jeramie Kling on drums (The Absence).
Though, in retrospect, I’m glad I went into their live set last night without any preconceptions or expectations. John Williams (vocals) brings a Viking like stage presence to the act, reminiscent of Johan Hegg, and produces quality power metal vocals that should make Bruce Dickinson grin with approval. Take those vocals and throw them over the top of classic James Malone riffs (the more melodic sides of Arsis albums, A Celebration Of Guilt and We Are The Nightmare) along with the thrash-y drumming precision of Jeramie Kling, and you’ve got Necromancing The Stone’s debut album, Jewel Of The Vile.
Classic heavy metal is revitalized through this album, the likes of which could only be pulled off by this exact lineup. Along with Justin Wood on guitar, James Malone, Jeramie Kling, John Williams and Bart Williams have made something truly special. And despite the ongoing affairs of Arsis and The Absence, I sincerely hope Necromancing The Stone stands the test of time. It’s also very worth mentioning that they opened last night’s set with David Hasselhoff’s “True Survivor“, from the soundtrack to the film, Kung Fury!
Check out some Necromancing The Stone below: