||40 STONE, residing in The Hague/Delft in Holland, was formed sometime around the millenium when guitar player Lex Kink met drummer Robert `Borī Nolden through the internet.
They connected musically and started to write songs together, based on material that was lying on the
shelf. While the repertoire grew, they searched for a bass-player and found one by the name of Walt Rast, a local artist Lex knew from a band he was previously in. The band (then named FUBAR) played with a couple of singers, on- and off stage, but none of them where fortunate to stay long for various reasons.
They had some memorable gigs in the local area during that time, had a bit of airplay (radio West Paard op Hol) and reached the semi-finals of the band-contest "the Beachbattle" in Scheveningen! Then, in the summer of 2004, Mau was added to the band as the permanent lead-singer. From that moment on the band has intensively worked on new material, which resulted in a brand new demo! In January 2005, the name of the band was changed to "40 Stone".
The year 2005 turned out to be a good one for 40 STONE for they entered and won the Parkpop-competition "Locals Only". The band had to compete with other bands and the concert was recorded and broadcasted at a local TV-station. The price included an half-an-hour performance at Parkpop in the Hague. Parkpop, being the biggest free access pop-event in Europe, had 300.000 visitors this year with acts such as Killing Joke and Within temptation.
In 2006, 40 Stone released their first single "Love Like Blood" recorded by Hans Pieters at Excess studios Rotterdam, featuring "Sunday", "Nothing", a remake of Killing Joke's Love Like Blood and a bonus remix by Hollowland. The new single, among a lot of airplay, was single of the week at Den Haag FM and was well reviewed by the press. 40 Stone also won two (!) bandcompetitions IJsselpop and Schollenpop (headlining ao Fish), giving the band major exposure at the bigger rockfestivals in Holland. Opening the Hommerson Winnaars Festival at Paard in the Hague on the 28th of december, featuring the best rocktalents in the region, 40 Stone got their acknowledgement being an up and coming rockband.
The style of 40 Stone can be described as a dynamic mix of energetic rock/nu-metal and gentle, melodic passages. Hip-hop-inspired drumbeats, vocal harmonies, a raw bass sound and heavy guitar riffs make up the unique sound of 40 Stone.This sound can be described as a mixture of the nu-metal of Deftones, the dark edge of Tool and the melody of bands like Staind and Linkin Park.