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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony 1994
  • ASIN: B00004SKR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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By Dnice on March 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best hard rock cd's of the early-mid 90's, right up there with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains,etc. etc. - very solid from start to finish. I thought these guys were 1 step above the rest of those great boston rock bands at the time..Sam Black Church, Tree, etc. Not rocket science on this album, just very tight hooky guitar band with a unique growling lead singer that has suprisingly good melodies. it's just ashame this is their only major release. A+ in my book, I've owned this for about 10 years...and it still seems fresh every time I listen to it. The Boston scene is not what is used to be...but there is one hard rock band left that rules New England presently - Scissorfight.
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So yeah...like most that have commented on this, I was introduced to this in the mid nineties. The friend that recommended this also recommended Korn (when only their first cd was out btw), Life Of Agony, and Pro-pain. I was looking for some really good hard driving metal-rock goodness.

This is one of those one shot cd's from a band that we will never hear from again. And yes, it is a pity. I read on net a while back (trying to find out why these guys never put out more stuff) that apparently they were dropped from Sony, and the singer with maybe one or two of the other Stompbox members started a new band - Slower.

But I have never found anything on them....ever.

This is the very first review I have ever put on Amazon, I was listening to Stress, and thought I'd try one last time to see if I could find anything on Stompbox and/or Slower.

I feel obligated to share my review and to (hopefully) entice anyone looking for great music of this genre (Grundge/Metal) to partake in its greatness.

If you like really good hard rock-metal, (like C.O.C, Filter, Crowbar, etc...) and (more importantly) you like no frills - straight ahead driving rock and roll with no artifice , do yourself a favor. Get this.

Just....get it.

It's a damn good album, and chances are, it won't be in print forever. Buy it while you can.

And this is another one of those great bands and albums that never got or ever will get the attention it deserves. I don't know anyone personally that even knows anything about this band.

SO .... to own and to appreciate it, makes you a member of an unfortunately small group.

Do yourself a favor. Join.

And...an un-official "HAts-Off" to the guys in Stompbox.

Great job boys...wish there was more of your music to enjoy.
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I have to agree with those who say this album still kicks after 10+ years. Stompbox WAS the Boston sound as far as I'm concerned. I will always regret not seeing them live when I had the chance. They had their own sound and every song just punches you in the chest. Even when I haven't listened to Stress for a couple of years, I always fin myself hearing the songsd in my head and out comes the CD again.

I found one of the band members back a few years ago and emailed him. Here's what he had to say:

yes, i was the ********* from stompbox. your appreciation is much... er,

appreciated! as you can see, i have a way with words.

unfortunately, stompbox only put out a few 7" singles, an ep called travis,

and stress. travis was more of a demo than an ep, since most of the

material got rerecorded for stress. it was a limited 7 song tape(!)

release. (these were the days before cds were cheap to make and our label

at the time were total tightwads) probably interesting to hear if you've

never, uh, heard it.

after stompbox: we kicked out the singer (erich) because we were tired of

his homeboy/cookie monster shtick.

we then had a roadie sing for some shows but he was more interested in

drawing tatoos and roadie-ing. i think he went on to tour with tree and

then clutch.

we next decided to have our bassist, pat, sing. we also added an additional

bassist, mikey welsh (who was, until recently, in weezer). the music of

that band sounded quite a bit different than stompbox (2 basses, more noisy,

heavy and fast), so we changed the name to slower (a play on slayer).
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As far as I could tell, this was Stompbox's sole effort. That's sort of a shame because this short-lived 'hardcore / metal' band is actually halfway decent. Their music is aggressive, gutsy and mean. A couple of the disc's tracks that I thought kicked some serious bootie there were "Making The Pump", the in-your-mug "Chevy S-10", "Jake Song" and "Screwing In America". Just might draw in some of the Orange 9mm, Downset or Helmet crowd.
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By Brian on September 30, 2015
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Great, heavy a la early '90's Helmet -ish sounding, boston 'hardcore'. I caught them live at least a few times during younger days, early/mid 90's (before they broke up/got dropped, and a one-off "reunion" show a year or two later), in Boston at the Rat (r.i.p.), among other venues. Every time, a great, sold out/packed house, stage-to-door, wall-to-wall survival-of-the-fittest brand of moshing.

As for the break up and subsequent drop from columbia/sony, word around the campfire at the time pointed to lead singer substance abuse issues as playing a significant role, and the label not wanting anything to do with the band without the singer they originally signed it with (proposed alternatives likely being deemed not what the label bargained for, etc).
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