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CD STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON HIGH RISE EP REVIEW

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON

HIGH RISE (EP)

2013

 

 

GREAT ON THE OUTSIDE; SOFT ON THE INSIDE

 

 

Opening track ‘Out of Time’ has an intensity we probably haven’t heard from the band since ‘Core’ if were being honest. It sounds like Stone Temple Pilots and the refreshing thing is how good Chester Bennington sounds (and I say that not being even a remote fan of his main band).

 


But of the five tracks here there’s a rather large rift between those that go some way to capturing the sound and feel of vintage STP (or STP meets Velvet Revolver on opening track ‘Out of Time’) those that take a lighter but still noticeably STP slant – like ‘Black Heart’ which is a little more psychedelic almost veering into ‘Primal Scream’ style retro; and closer “Tomorrow’.

 


On the downside, or shall we say… no let’s stick with downside, we get:  ‘Same on the inside’ which is pertly light airy pop, and not particularly satisfying to anyone I would imagine. ‘Cry Cry’ is if anything even more throwaway but with a chorus made for radio and maybe that’s the point with this pair? They are certainly empty enough to get good airplay!

 


For an EP there’s a lot going on, It starts great and ends well, but the middle was unsatisfyingly soggy…

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON HIGH RISE EP REVIEW 2013