Sound — 8
The sound represented in The Great Stone War is really a step-forward from Winds of Plague's previous effort, Decimate the Weak. This album has the recording debuts of drummer Art Cruz and keyboardist Kristen Randall. WoP's deathcore sound is evolved by a abundant use of keyboards to fit in with the epic, war-theme present in the lyrics. I found this a welcome addition to their sound, as it helps to make every song feel massive. The guitars have a few interesting riffs here and there with the occasional solo, but they still follow the chugging breakdown riffs present in so many other bands today. Johnny Plague's vocals are complimented by the other instruments and help bring their battle/war concept to life.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are another driving force on this album since it is based on this final battle for the planet theme. While some choruses are catchy like in the songs Forged In Fire and Soldiers of Doomsday, the rest kind of seem cliche, with the album openers and closers, Earth and Tides Of Change having sort of lame narratives.
Overall Impression — 8
I found The Great Stone War to be a welcome addition to the Winds of Plague catalog, with most of the songs making you crank the volume and headbang. It may be slightly inferior to previous releases, but that doesn't mean it isn't a solid effort. Overall Impression: 8.5/10