Release DetailsLABEL Vendlus Records
RELEASED ON 6/20/2005
posted on 7/2005 By:
I like you Vendlus Records. I really do. You’ve allowed me to experience the whimsical proceedings of Especially Likely Sloth, and the assaults of the black/death metallers known as V:28. SoulSaviour, the group’s second foray into full-length territory, is quite the esoteric ball of wax; although, it proves to be a highly capable record in spite of any flaws it may unknowingly piggyback.
In what can only be described as a triumphant introduction, “The Brightest Light” refers to hydrogen bomb testing, yet the announcer still retains a ‘40’s vibe. Overall, it’s an eyebrow-raising opener that segues directly into “Unleash the Energy” with little to no effort whatsoever. The previously mentioned is perhaps the most notable excursion on V:28’s latest, because the keyboard-ridden moroseness perfectly encapsulates the general “feel” of the album. Naturally, the vocalizations are privy to the black metal side of things, but aren’t as extreme as vocals performed by certain pillars of the subgenre (Vikernes, etc.). The beginning, and choruses, of “Infected by Life” reminded me of Dave Haley (Psycroptic, The Amenta, Ruins) obviously due to the exhilarating drumming and mind-boggling intricacies. Also, it’s not far-fetched to claim that SoulSaviour has moments that draw influence from fellow Norwegians Enslaved, which is entirely fitting because Kjellson guest sang on the band’s debut full-length, namely NonAnthropogenic.
On the whole, though, V:28 suffer from inadequate production. It’s most assuredly not the worst I’ve ever come across, but I think SoulSaviour would benefit immensely if a sharper production would’ve been incorporated. As it is, the tracks are all well written, and most span five or six minutes.
Along the same lines, the forty minutes that comprise this opus are forty minutes well spent. The melding of black/death should conquer all, and the inclusion of sublime keyboard effects heightens the group’s worth. So, thanks Vendlus for providing me with yet another album worth owning. I suppose some credit should be distributed to V:28 as well. It’s only fair: Thanks guys!
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