|Review: Soulitude - Destroy All Humans|
|Destroy All Humans|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Destroy All Humans
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Soulitude is the solo project of Ignacio Garamendi, member of Spanish Power Metal band Valhalla. The first couple of times I heard this, I thought it sounded amateurish, if not bad. It took a few listens for this piece of work to really sink in. "Power Metal" is the basic genre here, but really this album mixes tons of genres - Heavy, Power, Thrash, even some Rock (a few Pink Floyd-esque passages, among other things), some industrial and electronica, as well as a couple of passages reminiscent of early Rammstein. The style changes so much, it's almost like skipping through a bunch of songs from various artists at random. Incidentally, some guest musicians appear on this - two on vocals and one on drums - it's almost a given when listening to this that a single person couldn't have come up with so much variety, at least not on the vocal side. Whether the vocals are very melodic, Power Metal-ish or Death-ish (one of the songs alternates between melodic Power Metal vocals and light Death-style growls, to great effect), most of the vocal work here is done pretty well - not over the top, even a little bit raw, just like the music which doesn't sound over-polished at all, with raw and crunchy guitars leading the ensemble, but even the synths sound rather metallic, which makes the whole thing sound even better.
Destroy All Humans is mostly sci-fi themed and the music puts you through just about all moods - from some relaxing power ballads (which are never 100% ballad-esque), all the way to some speedy Power/Thrash material, with of course some more mid to fast-paced Power Metal caught in between, with the aforementioned mix in genres for a little overdose in variety.) Most of the songs are little jewels of pretty good quality, although there are a few that are quite sub-par compared to the rest - "Born In America" immediately springs to mind: I found it a little annoying and it breaks the mood of the album - the music and vocals just aren't that interesting on that one. But the good far outnumbers the bad, and in the end Destroy All Humans shines through its variety - and the fact that most of this mix of genres actually works, a feat that's rarely achieved. And you can't beat the price: The album is a free download on Soulitude's web site.
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