Nashville's Stella was a prototypical early emo band mixing post-grunge distortion and heavy riffs (on first listen, the opening "Song in D" doesn't sound much different from Pearl Jam) with Curt Perkins' wailing, rending-of-garments vocals. Unfortunately, Perkins' lyrics are along the lines of that guy in 11th grade honors English who kept picking fights with the teacher over imagined slights to his embryonic genius; song titles like "Blissmark" and "Rites of Day" are early signposts to Perkins' overwrought persona, ...

Ascension 1997, Beggars Banquet

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