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First Row in Hell
November 2006
Released: 2005, Self-released
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Born in late 1988, in a small Swedish town called Östersund, sort of an ideal dream about one-man band took its first shapes under the Souldrainer –moniker. Marcus, the former and guitarist of the band, soon abandoned his vision about only his own one-man project band, and invited some of his friends to join Souldrainer. Probably he couldn´t have done any wiser move since Souldrainer´s self-released 3-song mini-CD (FIRST ROW IN HELL) that was released last year already, is an impressive work of heavy and melodic Death Metal, done the Swedish way if could be added, too.

In fact, Souldrainer has at least a thing or two in common musically with the Swedish ´alien hunters´ Hypocrisy, and Domination Caligula (A NEW ERA RISES... anyone?) if you are after for comparisons. The guitar riffs are dead-heavy on this incredibly good EP, the keyboard parts that have been done with a careful ear and are there to create sufficiently the right atmosphere for the songs, Johan is at least as convincing growler as Peter (from Hypocrisy) - and all in all the songs are gratifyingly memorable and have carefully been thought out. So, it all sounds like every single note has perfectly and rightfully found its place on the EP, right? Yes, in fact it could be claimed so. Just listen to a song called “Reborn” off of this excellent EP and you will also realize it by yourself why they are, little by little, becoming one of the hottest topics from Sweden as far as upcoming Swedish Death Metal band are concerned.

Souldrainer is yet another very promising sounding product on the ever-growing and -flowing line of the Swedish Death Metal factory. And now when a product of factory was lifted up, the band just finished recordings with their debut album titled REBORN and are currently searching a label to release it. Well, as a good tip, here is someone´s true chance to sing these new masters of Swedish high-quality Death Metal heroes. You can´t loose with Souldrainer – you simply just can´t...
Track Listing

01. First Row in Hell
02. Reborn
03. Daemon II Daemon


Johan Klitkou - Vocals
Marcus Edvardsson - Guitar
Daniel Dlimi - Guitar
Jocke Wassberg - Bass
Arttu Malki - Drums

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