Melodic Death Metal band Upon Stone release debut album, Dead Mother Moon, on Century Media Records

Melodic Death Metal band Upon Stone release debut album,

Dead Mother Moon, on Century Media Records

Share enigmatic music video for “Dusk Sang Fairest”

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“L.A.’s Upon Stone are just bringing back real-deal melodeath.”Revolver

“The emerging collective has positioned themselves as one of the most promising new bands in modern heavy music.” Knotfest

“One of the most refreshing Swedish-style melodic death metal albums in recent memory.”


“For those who love old school melodic death metal, this is definitely a must-listen.”

Metal Sucks

“This is a melo-death record born of the underground and pure in both conception and execution.” Blabbermouth

“Upon Stone’s Dead Mother Moon is poised to usher in a new age of melodic death metal.”Invisible Oranges

“There is plenty for fans of all subgenres to dig their teeth into with the waves of heavy riffing, headbanging moments, melody and aggression all in equal measure.” Distorted Sound

Upon Stone have released their debut album Dead Mother Moon, on Century Media Records. Produced and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit (Twitching Tongues, Nails), Dead Mother Moon is a nine-song blast of viciously delivered Melodic Death Metal. The themes of the album deal with isolation, loss, the search for meaning, and a return to strength, notated by emotions and ideas explored through a lens of mysticism and the occult. From the title track opener to the vicious “Onyx Through the Heart” to the growling melodies of “Dusk Sang Fairest,” it’s an album that not only revisits the sound of the early 90’s Scandinavian underground but also reinvigorates it. Today, the band shares a video for “Dusk Sang Fairest,” foregrounded by clouded imagery that ties into the enigmatic feel of the track. You can watch it HERE.

Dead Mother Moon is available now through Century Media Records and can be streamed HERE. Upon Stone has announced a free record release show on February 9th in Los Angeles at Knucklehead with support from Skinfather, Section H8, Darkness Everywhere, and Greenwitch.

The roots of Upon Stone twist back to its members’ teenage years when vocalist and bassist Xavier Wahlberg, drummer Wyatt Bentley and guitarist Ronny Marks began playing together in various Valley bedroom-bred outfits. Joined by guitarist Gage Goss, the band came tor full fruition in 2021 with the EP, Where Wild Sorrows Grow, released on Creator Destructor. From there, Upon Stone began gigging relentlessly, finding their audience between Los Angeles’ hardcore and metal sects, sharing the stage with acts such as Bewitcher, Creeping Death, and Vomit Forth. During this time the band began writing what would become Dead Mother Moon.

Throughout the eight original songs (and one Misfits cover), Upon Stone’s love for early Melodic Death Metal is unmistakable. Down to the album cover artwork by renowned German artist Andreas Marschall (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames), Dead Mother Moon revels in the sound that would go on to inspire metal scenes worldwide while making it sound immediate and vital.

“Without sounding arrogant, it feels like a rebirth of a sound that changed how we all looked at music,” says Bentley. “We hope that it’s a gateway for people to go back and discover albums like The Jester Race and Storm of the Light’s Bane. I want it to matter to a new generation in the same way those records did for us.”

Dead Mother Moon Tracklist:

1. Dead Mother Moon

2. Onyx Through the Heart

3. My Destiny; A Weapon

4. Dusk Sang Fairest

5. Paradise Failed ft Brain Fair of Shadows Fall

6. Nocturnalism

7. To Seek and Follow the Call of Lions

8. The Lantern

9. Dig Up Her Bones (Misfits cover)

Upcoming Shows:

2/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knucklehead w/ Skinfather, Section H8, Darkness Everywhere, Greenwitch

3/9 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa w/ Skeletal Remains