"Summertime is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and most people turn to light, fluffy music to act as a soundtrack for those long days lounging on the beach. Not everybody wants their music to be poppy and bright; darkness always looms in the distance, and Stoneburner’s debut album “Sickness Will Pass” is the cure for sunny days. One listen and the gloom will wash over the day, like a storm cloud blocking the sun’s rays. It’s the anti-summer album, and the season is better for its existence."
"A sludgy doom style befits Stoneburner, and the five tracks hit as hard as any band in the genre. The songs are soaked in heaviness, as each riff reverberates and pushes out a stream of forceful distortion waves. What isn’t difficult to be a fan of is Stoneburner’s eagerness to push beyond the prototypical sludge/doom mantra. The band could have just done the “loud is the law of the land” decree, but that would have made “Sickness Will Pass” average and obsolete. Instead, the foursome fuses in moody, clean breaks that make sense in the context of each song."
""Sickness Will Pass" is light on the vocals, though Jesse McKinnon (who also doubles as the drummer) has a sharp, raspy bite to his screams. The nontraditional song structures allows leeway for instrumental doodling, most of which is a tight mood enhancer towards another outburst from McKinnon. The band may be lumped in with other Pacific Northwest acts like Neurosis, but not even that legendary act had the wherewithal to write a debut like “Sickness Will Pass”."