Released: 2003, Galy
I am always pleased to see when a band any band gets a measure of success. It is all the more sweet when it is a local band you have watched out of the corner of your eye for years. After years of slogging and half a dozen indie CD’s / demos Soulscar have finally ‘made it’.
No we are not talking huge but the buzz has begun and I predict big things for these guys, the quality is too high to go unnoticed. I know my good colleague Luxi has already commented on this CD late last year but since they got picked up by Galy I wanted to remind everyone of how good these guys are.
Soulscar are a decent mix of thrash and on occasion touches of death. The musicianship is technical and precise recalling glory days of bands like
Annihilator and Megadeth. The songs are quite progressive and interesting. The compositions are mature, sophisticated but never self-indulgent or losing the energy or aggression. There are just so many neat little riff ideas like at the end of the title track, the acoustic tinges of ‘A Repreive’ or the juicy bits scattered throughout ‘It Takes A Wolf’.
The aforementioned ‘ A Reprieve’ ends the album on a very nice cool and composed instrumental ballad that matches any mellower piece by Testament. It even has that uber-cool laid-back Satriani vibe which is hard to achieve. A fitting conclusion to the previous eight cuts.
The presentation is very pro with lyrics a dark and ominous design with a few pics and lyrics. The cover is kind of a rip-off of the art from Alice Cooper’s, Raise Your Fist and Yell but in a darker style. The logo could use some work and as a two piece I worry about the stability of the band or their ability to tour. The production is great, no complaints at all, it seems lead throat and guitarist, Andrew Staehling knew exactly the sound he wanted and how to get it. I’m only guessing, maybe he hated the sound of this disc, but I love it.
This disc has a lot to offer a wide variety of fans. It thrashes, it entertains, it adds sophistication and complexity without sacrificing intensity. All in all a very well thought out album. You can visit them at http://www.soulscar.com.