Upon Stone team up with Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair on new single “Paradise Failed”

Upon Stone team up with Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair on new single “Paradise Failed”

Debut album, Dead Mother Moon, out January 19th

on Century Media Records

Photo Credit: Steven Grise

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“San Fernando Valley collective Upon Stone have quickly asserted their position as one of the most promising prospects in the space of heavy music” Knotfest

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

“It’s as melodic as it is aggressive, and it’s a genuinely fresh take on this sound.”


Melodic Death Metal band Upon Stone have shared “Paradise Failed,” the latest single from the upcoming album Dead Mother Moon, out January 19th on Century Media Records. On the track, the band team up with Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair to create a feverish anthem. Intense riffs lead into bright guitar solos, providing a pillar for the deep and chaotic dual vocal delivery. “Paradise Failed” can be heard HERE and follows the previously released singles “Dead Mother Moon” and “Onyx Through the Heart”. Upon Stone are currently in the midst of a west coast tour with Xibalba, dates below.

Speaking on the messaging for “Paradise Failed”, vocalist/bassist Xavier Wahlberg states:

“Humanities short comings as a species. Destroying the beauty and balance of the natural world through greed, religion, corruption and hatred for one another.”

On working with Upon Stone, Brian Fair commented:

“I was very stoked when the guys in Upon Stone asked me to hop on a track with them! They have a sound that is near and dear to my heart, aggressive and thrashy metal with just the perfect mix of melody. “Paradise Failed” is a rager of a song that has a rawness and darkness that I love. The production and guitar tone giver it an edge that rips right into you like a shark bite. Grab a copy of Dead Mother Moon and bang your fucking head!”

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.

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. 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. 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. Throughout the eight songs, 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.

Dead Mother Moon is available for preorder now through Century Media Records.

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:

w/ Xibalba

12/12 – Reno, NV @ Cypress

12/13 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Cafe

12/14 – San Diego, CA @ Corazon Del Barrio