Released: 2005, Earache Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Lost Soul comes from Poland, and seems to be one of the more extreme bands in their home country. The band was founded in 1991 by Jacek, Tomasz, and Adam, because of their common dream to make extreme music under the slogan ‘Cruel death art’. That’s apparently a combination of brutality, supreme musicianship, and melody.
They recorded a demo in 1993 called ETERNAL DARKNESS, which received quite good reviews from the underground press. The year after came the studio album SUPERIOR IGNOTUM, and it went so well that it had to be re released the year after. Also the same year where Lost Soul were put to rest and the members took off in different directions. Then, in 1997, the band returned with a new guitar player, Piotr. The guys started to work on new material and went into the studio at the beginning of 1998; the end result was called NOW IS FOREVER. A lot of touring followed, both in Poland and in other parts of the world.
A label change was made in 2000, and SCREAM OF THE MOURNING STAR came out of that. The next album was released on yet another label, and came 20002 by the name UBERMENSCH (DEATH OF GOD). But today they have a new label, and CHAOSTREAM is their first release on Earache Records. On previous labels the band were under, were too small and didn’t have a distribution that worked out. Now, that is going to change, since they are signed with Earache Records.
And by that, we have arrived to their current album. Earache Records are known to be an extreme/brutal label with only brutal bands and nothing more; Lost Soul is no exception. Personally I’m against all labels that are put on different metal genres, including this bands “Cruel death art” label. I’d rather say that this is extreme death metal. They play pretty primitive death metal with heritage way back in the 1990’s, in the same style as Entombed, Grave, or Dismember played then.
Jacek sings with typical death metal vocals straight through with no variations at all, but it still works with the music. Piotr and Jacek riff on; their razor guitar play feels similar to the 90’s scene, without a doubt. Adam and Tomasz show off a stable rhythm section, where Adam has the opportunity to show off his skills on the drums. He’s really quite impressive and handles the double bass pedal play brilliantly.
I wouldn’t say that this is particularly extreme, it’s just plain death metal. The speed is fast, with just a few slower parts in certain songs.
Lost Soul have put 9 tracks on this Earache debut. You only have to take one look at the titles to see that the lyrics contain all the typical death metal elements.
And now we have come to the production. This doesn’t sound like it was recorded in the 21st century at all. It sounds like it’s been left over from the late 1980’s or early 1990’s; leaving absolutely more to wish for because it sounds too primitive and raw.
But, if I take my ears off of the production and concentrate on the music, I find myself quite enjoying this. Lost Soul are one of those bands you either like, or don’t, and I have to say that I like them. That probably depends on the fact that I was a part of the first Swedish death metal wave that broke loose during the beginning of the 1990’s.
Sure, there are certain areas they have to improve, such as the production, Jacek’s voice, and a few other minor things. In the end it’s quite listenable, and the album ends in just the right time, 45 minutes; a reasonable length for a death metal album.
I think Lost Soul have done a charming album that takes the listener back to the early 1990’s, something that’s definitely not wrong if you’re into old school death metal from that era.
Killer tracks, “Word of Sin”, “Death Crowns All” and “The Hidden Law”.