The Skinny: Sometimes you have to start from the present and work backwards to get a story in context. On April 27th, 2015 Stoneghost will release the relentless and blistering New Age of Old Ways on the Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Volbeat, Gojira, Joe Bonamassa), but the band very nearly never made it to this point.
Front man, tattoo artist and mouth piece Jason Smith recalls: “I was having a kid and I couldn’t cope with it, I didn’t think I would be able to carry on with the band too, I wasn’t in a good place.”
Deciding to depart with a powerful epitaph of what they were capable of, every strained emotion, the fury and anger that rose from the pit of each stomach was pushed to the limit to create a beast of significance, to collectively exit the world with a New Age of Old Ways. The last record of a promising but fledgling act, it was then that the reverberating noise reached the ears of Mascot and things were to change.
When recording New Age of Old Ways the band recruited the help of Russ Russell who has previously worked with Napalm Death, Evile, Dimmu Borgir, Sikth and New Model Army who helped harness the record that calls upon fear and insecurities (Faceless Ghost), carnal pleasures (The Devils Motion), childhood nightmares (All They Need Is The Light), mythology (Raynardine), defiance (The Sound Remains), reflection (Sleeper), irritation (Your Trigger, My Finger), emotional turmoil (Third Degree) and civilisation (Let Sleeping Beasts Lie).
New Age of Old Ways Track Listing:
01. Faceless Ghost
02. Devil’s Motion
03. All They Need Is The Light
04. Second To Breathe
05. The Sound Remains
08. Your Trigger, My Finger
09. Third Degree
10. Let Sleeping Beasts Lie
11. Mother Of All Bastards (demo)