The story of STONEFIELD began in 1984 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Friends Juan Carlos Aneiros (Hammond & Keys), Manuel Rodriguez (guitars) and Alberto Chenevard (bass) had founded a band to set their own accents in the tradition of big progressive hard rock bands like Rainbow, Black Sabbath or Uriah Heep.
After numerous unsuccessful auditions with various singers, Manuel Rodriguez met Munich based singer Ebby Paduch, whose vocals reminded him of Ronnie James Dio.
Now complemented by an ideal frontman, Stonefield quickly became a sought-after live band in Switzerland, Germany and Spain. In 1987 the five went into the studio to record their first album THE EYES OF THE DAWN.
The imaginative songwriting, artful arrangements and Rodriguez‘ virtuoso guitar playing, already a live trademark of the band, earned the album good reviews and established Stonefield as an insider tip throughout Europe. After another year of touring Switzerland, Germany and Spain, the band went back to the studio to record their second album LIGHT OF LIES, released in 1990.
This album also received strong reviews, but the winds of ‚zeitgeist‘ blew in the band’s face: the scene had changed, progressive rock didn’t seem so popular anymore. Uneasiness spread through the band and their entourage. Soon Stonefield were history.
In 2010 Manuel Rodriguez left Switzerland for his home country Spain. The Stonefield story was still very present for Manuel and felt like it was not finished, especially as he had never been satisfied with the sound of the second album LIGHT OF LIES.
He was still in possession of the original 2-inch tapes from the studio. Out of pure curiosity Manuel decided to newly mix one of the old songs in his home studio.
Inspired by the desire to complete this unfinished work and thus make peace with the Stonefield saga, he experimented with the tracks again and again over a period of two years and now acted as a producer with the necessary mental distance to the source material.
And so, 30 years after the original sessions for LIGHT OF LIES, the best songs from both albums can now be heard here for the first time in an optimal mix – at a time when progressive rock in various forms is finally attracting the attention it deserves…a re-excavation of very special Swiss music jewels!
STONEFIELD – Mystic Stories