Thursday, July 25, 2013

Khmer rocker Solid Stone releases new LP 'Black Rose'

The Khmer solo artist of heavy metal rock music known as Solid Stone has released his new LP record album, “Black Rose,” to widespread critical and fan acclaim. The album is comprised of 10 original tracks for a total playing time of approximately 42 minutes. It has been released on the Sila Records music label. A collection of original rock compositions from one of the finest instrumentalists and performers Cambodia has ever produced, “Black Rose” by Solid Stone is certain to put Khmer metal on the musical map internationally, once and for all.

The sound of “Black Rose” stretches across the spectrum of rock possibilities. It is charged with adrenaline, as powerful as an erupting volcano, and more emotional than a Russian opera. Not to be missed is “Path to Goodness (Plov Sang Bon),” a haunting, chilling song that couples a dark, shadowy organ with Solid Stone's electrifying guitar. The record is also occasionally upbeat and full of the fun that has kept rock 'n' roll more popular than any other style of music since the 1950s, such as in the track, “Get Up! (Krok Chho Lerng!).” “You Want the Moon? (Jong Ban Preah Chan?)” is melodic, passionate and intense, like the best emo bands of the early 2000s. The album's opening and closing tracks, “Miss You Baby” and “Why Are My Tears Falling? (Hait Avey Tirk Pnek Ho?)” showcase Solid Stone's remarkably gorgeous vocals as well as his poetic and well-constructed lyrics.

Solid Stone is the stage name of the endlessly talented Kang Piseth, who lives in the capitol city of Phnom Penh. He lists as main artistic influences classic metal rockers such as Van Halen, Dream Theater, and Whitesnake. He has been writing and playing music since the age of eight.

He writes of his record that it revolves around the themes of “love, broken hearts, encouragement, believing in oneself, staying strong in mind, and the doing of good in the world.”

Piseth is the first Khmer artist to be signed by the ever-more-popular Sila Records.

“Black Rose” by Solid Stone is available online everywhere.

-S. McCauley
Staff Press Release Writer

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