Stone Temple Pilots Craft Catchy Hard Rock on New Album – Review

2018-03-27

Review by Anne Erickson

Album review: Robert and Dean DeLeo are keeping the Stone Temple Pilots legacy alive

Nobody can sing quite like Scott Weiland, and although the Stone Temple Pilots vocalist tragically passed away in 2015, the band is keeping his memory alive with a new collection of Stone Temple Pilots material. The DeLeo brothers are passionate about their commitment to the band, and that comes across on their just-released Stone Temple Pilots album, which marks their second self-titled release following 2010.

Stone Temple Pilots’ new set marks their first with Detroit’s Jeff Gutt on vocals. Gutt, who appeared on the third season of “The X Factor,” sounds a lot like Weiland, which is a good thing, because he can keep the band’s legacy true to Weiland’s original vision. Much like how William DuVall fits the bill for Alice in Chains sounding eerily like Layne Staley, Gutt shadows Weiland’s smooth, snarling tenor, but he also adds his own flair to new STP tracks. That also makes him a good fit with the DeLeo brothers’ musical style and pedigree.

In fact, one thing that stands out about “Stone Temple Pilots” is the DeLeo brothers’ performance on the album. Teetering from pop-infused guitar melodies to psychedelic hard rock, the DeLeo brothers are experts at crafting catchy, hook-filled rock with glistening appeal. With Robert and Dean DeLeo at the helm, the 2018 release puts the spotlight on their sing-along hard rock that sticks in the listener’s head.

With a new album in the can and plenty of tour and festival dates on notice, it seems Stone Temple Pilots will carry Weiland’s legacy for some time to come. STP fans can look forward to not only enjoying the sounds that made them fans of the band in the start, but also look ahead with some new momentum.

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