STEMM IS the band Hard Rock Fans Need!
Do you know what real is? The word real is barely ever used anymore because real describes the rockers who don`t give a sh*t about the fake smiles, the fake head banging, the run-o`-the-mill flash in the pan ” songs that mean nothing - real rockers are the ones who sit, think, feel, desire, obsess – and produce the most amazing lyrics that not only hit you upside the head and make you listen, but knock your ass to the floor while you wonder why the hell you haven`t been listening to them in the first place! Oh, yeah “that`sSTEMM!
I was incredibly honored this morning to speak with a man by the name of Joe Cafarella – the lead singer of STEMM. This man actually made my rock hackles ” stand up straight on the back of my neck. Looking for a real rocker is like Dracula looking for blood in a mortuary. Impossible, right? But, believe me, when I got off the phone with Joe I had caught STEMM`s scent! I was finally free of the mortuary and back in the fantastic world of real heart-pounding hard rock. STEMM`s 2008 release, Blood Scent, is better than any hard rock/metal band I`ve heard in decades. Yes, I apologize to the Metal Gods who are now upset with my statement because die-hard fans are die-hard fans but, as you all know by now, I speak the truth! STEMM is NOT cliché! The “flavor` of metal and hard rock has become wearisome, listening to the same redundant ridiculousness on every single album. I just, literally, watched a video of STEMM and my Dracula fangs released. I almost want to kick myself for ever moving away from the East Coast. STEMM is based in Buffalo, and they are the true breath of fresh real air that metal and hard rock haven`t received in a very long time!
Yes, the music has strength and power. Yes, there are crushing guitar riffs, a rhythm section that makes you feel like you`ve died and gone to rock Heaven, and voices that make you reel in disbelief that there is a band that is THAT good out there in America! Every single part of this band comes together like a huge metal transformer, and re-lights the fire that is buried deep inside every rock fan that has been dimming ever since hard rock turned lackluster and tedious.
One of the truly amazing things about STEMM is the fact that, like life, they know how to evolve. They don`t stick to one single category; the members of this band know exactly what it means to transform with the times, but also know exactly what to say and how to say it in their own unique voice! STEMM was formed in 1998, and their sound from 1998-2003 was what some would call hardcore ” or rapcore. “ Their first EP titled, Further Efforts ” and their first independently released debut, Dead to Me, ” began to open people`s eyes.
In 2002, however, STEMM struck a deal that would bring them to the forefront of music. STEMM signed a licensing deal with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), and STEMM`s music has been incorporated in UFC television and live events ever since. ”Face the Pain, ” by STEMM, was used for the UFC theme song and is featured on the UFC 2009 Undisputed soundtrack; STEMM`s music has been used on every UFC pay-per-view since 2002, AND on the SPIKE TV programs The Ultimate Fighter ” and Unleashed. “ STEMM also signed a licensing deal to feature their music on the Canadian television station, The Fight Network, ” AND, House of Cards, ” a track from STEMM`s amazing CD,Blood Scent, was selected as the theme song for UFC Wired, ” while their music also appears on UFC-related video games available on X-Box and Play Station. In 2010, STEMM`s fantastic track House of Cards ” also appeared on the EA Sports video game MMA.”
It would take the rest of your week to let all of you know what STEMM has been a part of, so I`ll just go for the highlights. Transitions began with the band in 2004, when a local Buffalo Metal act (5 Years Gone) merged with STEMM. New members came on board and the music, itself, began to transform from the hardcore/rapcore world into metalcore and groove metal.
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