I guess that the name of Brendan Radigan doesn’t ring a bell, to many out there. I’m referring not only to Heavy Metal audiences, but also to the famous Boston hardcore scene crowds, too. We are living in strange days where hype is everything and music industry is in a peculiar contiguous “dying situation”, not in comma, but probably in a zombie condition for more than twenty years. No more heroes, no more larger than life names for extreme sound, but still many that carry the flame of expression and art through the extreme or the grotesque with pride. Just like Radigan. A guy that his Hardcore past couldn’t betray his love for traditional metal, as we couldn’t see how rich his influences are. A full of talent artist, that does almost everything (he plays guitars, bass and he sings) in this underground two song gem. He has the help of his two comrades, Justin DeTorre (Drums) & Chris Corry (Lead Guitars), as they, change instruments in the same way as they do in the numerous acts that share together.

So even though they have Hardcore past and their main band magic circle is moving in a Doom path it seems even more weird that Stone Dagger has this obscure Heavy Metal feeling and vibe. Radigan needs less than eleven minutes to show us how beautiful Heavy Metal is, how powerful and magical without even any help from any other sub genre. Raw, solid and powerful. Sharp as a razor and lethal as a shot between the eyes. So many elements that will bring you in mind a plethora of beloved bands from the glorious past without feeling guilty for being too nostalgic. Close to many N.W.O.B.H.M. bands and with a sound that comes out of the catacombs Stone Dagger can touch the soul of fans of Manilla Road, Dio, Omen, Cirith Ungol, early Manowar and Iron Maiden, Trouble and Black Sabbath. Lo-fi production gives wisely an even more primitive touch and cult status. They are glorious they sound

 epic, they deliver the goods. “Siege of Jerusalem” was recorded & mixed at the Pain Cave by Chris Corry. Mastered to 1/4″ tape by Jaime Gomez at Orgone Studios. The band’s logo was designed by Anthony Pasquarosa. The 7” vinyl’s layout & design by Henry Yuan & Jesse Balgley. It was printed in only 100 cassettes in 2013 as a D.I.Y. release from the band and a limited edition of the tape via Timeworn Records with a different black artwork cover, plus a 7” vinyl single via Electric Assault the same year. Later in 2017 another reissue of the cassette via Timeworn again, all of the above sold out, apparently…