Monday 6 February 2012


STALLONE are a 4 Piece Sludge/Stoner Metal Band from Atlanta, Georgia USA

The members are

Juan Montoya- Guitars
Evan Diprima- Drums
C.J. Ridings- Bass
Thomas Gonzalez- Guitars

STALLONE are a superb band who play a great blend of Sludge/Stoner Metal mixed in with heavy Post-Metal riffs. If your into ISIS, CULT OF LUNA, PELICAN, BARONESS and bands of that genre. You’re going to love this.

This isn’t surprising with the talent involved. Juan Montoya (ex-Torche, now of brilliant Stoner Rockers Monstro), Evan – (Big Jesus) and recently added members bassist C.J. Ridings (Big Jesus) and guitarist Thomas Gonzalez.

This is a truly talented bunch of individuals that many of us have heard of. Well I have been following STALLONE since summer 2011 when they released a couple of songs on BandCamp. I was hugely impressed with what I have heard.

Evan’s other great band Big Jesus have featured on this blog before. I have to thank him for contacting me about STALLONE’s debut S/T EP which is available for free download from BandCamp. And for his kind words about my blog. Thanks also goes out to regular reader PJ Sludge for recommending this band as well.

Their debut EP is a 3-track 15 minute blast of hypnotic Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs mixed in with great Post-Metal vibes which blends the band member’s talents together brilliantly. Loud, Heavy, Melodic are just some of the words to describe their superb music.

The EP is purely Instrumental and really does have some of the finest riffs I have heard this year so far. Especially on the brilliant track “The Battle Of Miami”.

If STALLONE wanted this EP to show the world what they can do. Well they have succeeded. This is a band I want to hear more of. The 15 mins on show here is simply astonishing at times to listen to. Their music has some very haunting ambient effects as well especially on the first track “Wondrous Beast”. A 4 minute blast of top-notch Sludge metal that is very hard to beat.

It’s great to see Juan Montoya venturing into other genres of music. I was a bit sad when he left Torche as I am a massive fan of Juan’s work. He proved with Monstro he is one of the finest guitarists out there. And now he has Stallone. Another great band to his bow. Torche’s loss is Sludge/Stoner Metal’s gain.

Credit must goto Evan who provides sterling and breathtaking work on the drums. Surely one of the best drummers out there as he provides plenty of superb hard-hitting drumming to go with the great Sludge/Post-Metal riffs.

Now the guys have added new members to this already great band that will surely make them a band to reckon with when they release their proper debut full length album.

But until then STALLONE’s debut EP is an absolute blast of heavy-pounding Sludge/Post-Metal riffs that will have you begging for more.

Believe me you will have this on repeat for multiple times like I did. A brilliant EP by a truly great band to keep an eye out for.

You can download this brilliant release for free from BandCamp and I recommend you all to do this now.

Brilliant Stuff and Highly Recommended.

Check This Great Band Below:

Check out the fucking awesome "La Cobra" from their superb new S/T EP.