Released: 2009, Union Black Records
Soul Destruction are a band from the UK who play an amalgam of nu-metal and industrial metal, forcing tribal beats and instruments through heavy jagged riffs and pounding drumming.
If fans of Soulfly, Korn and Fear Factory met up with fans of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson and had a baby, I guess that would be Soul Destruction, and there is much to admire about their debut album THERE’S NO PROFIT IN TRUTH. There is a great range of sounds in the album that keeps things relatively interesting throughout the 45 minute album. From the tabla and tribal drumming and trippy Middle Eastern picked-chord intro to ‘Spiral of Violence’, to the use of cello on ‘A Little Less Of Someone Else’, interspersed with soundbites from movies and the news, from the soft morose piano and synth backing on ‘The Sorrow’ to the techno-ish ‘Dysfunctional Reality’ and the Requiem-like intro to ‘Modern Day Freakshow’, there’s really never a dull moment.
The band also displays a political and social conscience which is admirable in itself, even if its execution leaves much to be desired. Some of their lyrics deal with relevant social ills, railing against organised religion, politics and violence. However, they come across as sophomoric and juvenile, clumsily written and angst-ridden. For example on ‘A New Religion’, while the sentiment is sound, the lyrics are less so: “All you’ll ever get from me is what I want to give/What kind of satisfaction is to rape myself with hate?” Maybe it’s also the Korn-ish vocal delivery that reminds me so much of the annoying whine of Jonathan Davis that contributes to this effect of impotence.
Another thing that is truly annoying are the simplistic nu-metal/industrial guitar riffs that are repetitive and yet manage to be grating at the same time. This would have been a mildly interesting album if they had left out the silly guitars (as you can tell, I’m not a fan of any of the bands mentioned above). The riffs are superfluous, pointless – they attempt to convey rage and edginess, but they just get in the way of what would actually have been a well-constructed song with more than a few good ideas.
So, in summary:
The good – There are some genuinely good ideas here especially in terms of their sound and song construction. Some maturity in lyric-writing would go a long way to complementing their musical ideas.
The bad – The awful riffing and vocals. Just annoying, especially for non-fans of Marilyn Manson, Soulfly, Nine Inch Nails and Korn.