"... Manifest Of Refusal is certainly a hell of a lot better than a large handful of death acts you've seen reviewed on here over the past little while. It's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, but will most likely lack the significant personality required to impress many people who aren't already death metal fanatics..."
The band was formed in 1999 in the following line-up: Jacques - vocals, Demian - bass, Leonid - guitars, keyboards, Kirill - guitars, Vladimir - drums. Debut album "Jerk" was released early 2001 by Russian label Fono. The album laid down the foundation for original Stalwart-style, combining massive thrashcore rhythmic groove with atmospheric fragments and acoustic inserts.
In summer 2002 Stalwart started to record the second album. Drum tracks were recorded in Astia Studio, Finland, with Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, To/Die/For, Norther). The work demonstrated the significant progress by virtue of unusual consortium of angry riffs and symphonic keyboards. "Dive To Nowhere" was released October 2003 by MetalAgen/Soyz Music. Some of zines characterized it as "one of the best Russian metal releases 2003", and the 8,5-minute title track became a trademark of band for a long time.
For the next album famous Hertz Studio, Poland was booked with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski (Vader, Decapitated, Hate). This album became a debut for new guitar player Antuan. "Abyss Ahead" was released May 2008 on CD-Maximum, showed the more powerful and solid work in comparison with the previous one.
Soon after original vocalist and drummer left the band. Nevertheless the newcomers Oleg Sobolevsky (vocals) and Tim Ismag (drums) raised the band to the new scale, importing more drive and energy. New Stalwart sound, much more hot, fast and aggressive, externalized itself on the next CD "Annihilation Begins", also recorded at Hertz Studio, and released December 2009 by Metalism Records.
Currently the band finished its 5th album "Manifest Of Refusal", recorded with new drummer Alex. The CD is will be released worldwide by Canadian label PRC Music May 22th 2012.
Oleg Sobolevsky – vocals
Leonid – guitars, keyboards
Antuan – guitars
Demian – bass, back vocals
Alex – drums
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Phone: +7 (812) 998 95 89
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