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Opeth Bassist’s Death Metal Outfit White Stones Signs With Nuclear Blast


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White Stones have landed a deal with Nuclear Blast and will have their debut album “Kuarahy” out through the label on March 20th. Among the the death metal-leaning outfit’s ranks is Opeth bassist Martin Martinez, who commented of it:

“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael [Åkerfeldt, Opeth]. I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth; I see no relation between the two.

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I played ‘Kuarahy‘ to Mikael a few months ago. He really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects; it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it. It has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”

Mendez himself oversaw the production of the outing while Jamie Gomez Arellano (Cathedral, Orange Goblin) mixed and mastered it. The inspiration for the title came in part from Mendez‘s Uruguayan roots:

“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that — the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. ‘Kuarahy’ is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun.'”

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