Forget hackneyed trends, starmania, casting shows, commercial directed retort bands and all other face- and backboneless wannabe bands, which only come to a release due to calculating and money dependent record labels. Forget it all because there are now STAMPIN' GROUND and they roll down all these bastards and good-for-nothings like an overdimensional steamroller. There are not many bands, which are so honest like the English ones and that's right up from the start of their career.
Their already fourth full-lenght studio work starts there, where they left off with "Carved From Empty Words" (2000) and despite all constancy, they managed it once again to make a step forward. The new tracks are more detailed-arranged and they serve perfectly the purpose to combine (Thrash) Metal with Hardcore in an impressive way. STAMPIN' GROUND manage it almost easily to please fans of both genres without to suck up to them. There is to feel that forementioned honesty because where other bands often clumsy try to mix that two genres to gain some more fans, these guys from the British island appear authentically and uniquely. That means that there's no part on "A New Darkness Upon Us", where a riff or break seems to be displaced or that one track is a filler. It's altogether conclusive and furthermore haunting brutal, which is also responsible by the mighty production of Andy Sneap.
STAMPIN' GROUND don't suck up to their listeners, they rather grab them and let them never go away. So, it's not wondering that they are hold as one of the highlights of the British kingdom and they should also conquer the rest of the world with this new acoustical monster. Ten heavy hammers plus intro and outro belong to "A New Darkness Upon Us" and make it to one of the best records of the soon over year 2003. Pardon, you want some check out tips? Why this? Just buy this record and let you dress your head by them and then you will recognize that the whole album must be the ckeck out tip. That's all, folks! (Online December 19, 2003)