'Manifest Of Refusal'
Upon hearing 'Manifest Of Refusal' the most lasting impression I come away with is their anvil destroying brutal backbone. Yes these Russians are not quite your usual death metal band, they mix in some minor influences from time to time from the industrial genre and goth sounding bits and weird synth. The goth type tidbits are few and far between, which is a good thing because they are out of place, sound a little forced and are distracting. When Stalwart hit straight on, albeit in a technical fashion, they are at their best and this is the mainstay of the album. Just fucking raging death metal that brings to mind things like old Napalm Death (Old Napalm Death? You sure mean mid '90s here, Dale? - ED), Strapping Young Lad, Carcass, Meshuggah, Theory in Practice – though these guys may be slightly more brutal and not quite as technical as some of those influences I mention. All in all this is a pretty impressive record, some of the material might not be the freshest sounding stuff you heard, but the way it is presented does sound fresh to these ears.