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Review: Soilent Green - Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction
Soilent Green
Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 41:25
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Well, this is another one of those albums that's better than what I expected.  I had read about these guys a few times in the past, and that didn't sound like something I'd possibly like.  But they don't seem to stick to a specific genre, since this is nothing like what I read about their previous output.  The basic genre here is Death Metal, with some Doom and a few sludgy elements thrown in, all of this with a somewhat groovy, sometimes rock 'n' roll-ish style that adds quite a bit of catchiness.  That's the backbone of the music, but I also caught some glimpse of 70s Sabbath guitar melodies, and even a short passage that has a Black 'n' Roll style reminiscent of Carpathian Forest - that makes me smile every time.  This is only a very short passage, mind you, not representative of the album as a whole.

The album is mid to fast-paced overall - ranging from the more rocking numbers all the way to pedal-to-the-metal Death Metal - the latter being in the minority.  In the middle of all this are a couple of slow and heavy tracks.  The vocals I found are closer to Black Metal à la Darkthrone or Carpathian Forest - a good rasp that's at least half-decipherable.  Considering the music here, this is more appropriate than the growls one would normally expect from Black Metal.  I found the album gets better with each listen, always revealing something that I missed in the previous listens.  Bottom line, this is a fun album to listen to.

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