Formed in late 2005 by members Lehto and Kuosmanen, the band swore to play true and
traditional doom metal, influenced by the likes of Sabbath, Candlemass and Pentagram. With
the boarding of bassist Pesonen and vocalist Heinonen, however, Stone Ship started evolving
towards their own sound.
“An ellipse with a dragon like face”
After releasing their first demo in 2010 - which yet contained some pretty traditional doom
metal - the band truly started to work as a unit in the songwriting department. Progressive
elements started to emerge amongst the heavy doom metal riffing, and the songs became
longer and more complex.
“Thus rose the windy tree from thin air”
The final piece in the puzzle was unearthed when member Pesonen took on the writing of
song lyrics after the first demo. Pesonen’s dark mythological visions heighten the uniqueness
of the band yet further.
Most of the band’s music is written in the rehearsal place, an idyllic cottage in the middle
of nowhere. After playing together for so many years, the jamming has become an integral
part of the band. This is made evident by ‘The Steps of the Abysmal Pyramid’ project, which
includes some improvised jam sessions recorded in the rehearsal studio and made available to
the public through the internet. These tracks are regarded as an equally important part of
Stone Ship’s discography as are any official releases.
“The pulse from beyond the stars”
Stone Ship’s first full-length album - tentatively titled ‘The Eye’ - contains mere two tracks, each
spanning a full side on a vinyl record. Regardless their length, the songs are kept interesting
and versatile. The music progresses constantly, and repetition is almost nonexistent on doom
“…Along the spear’s shaft
I saw through the gates of death…”