White Stones, the death metal project featuring Opeth’s Martin Mendez, have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s debut album “Kuarahy” will be released through the label on March 20.
“Kuarahy” Track Listing:
02. “Rusty Shell”
04. “Drowned In Time”
05. “The One”
08. “Infected Soul”
09. “Taste Of Blood”
“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael [Åkerfeldt, Opeth]. I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth; I see no relation between the two.
I played ‘Kuarahy‘ to Mikael a few months ago. He really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects; it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it. It has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”
He also added the following about the album’s connections to his Uruguayan roots:
“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that — the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. ‘Kuarahy’ is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun.’”