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Review: Soulitude - Wonderfool World
Wonderfool World

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 52:29
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 17, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Wonderfool World

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (5 Votes)

Wonderfool World is the new album from Valhalla guitarist Ignacio "Jevo" Garamendi's side project, Soulitude. Wonderfool World follows the same formula of 2007's Destroy All Humans, which I reviewed for The Metal Crypt back in 2008 (my first review for the site), exploring Jevo's somewhat unique take on Power Metal. Present on Wonderfool World are all the elements that made Destroy All Humans such a refreshing album. Plenty of Power Metal trappings, like double kick drumming, majestic keyboards and catch choruses are fused with Jevo's unique vocals, which are clean and gruff, often at the same time, and decidedly dark songwriting.

As stated, Soulitude's approach to Power Metal is a bit different than the mainstream, one of my favorite things about the band. There are still plenty of ass-kicking, speedy numbers like "Price of War," "The Man Behind the Wall" and "Retarded Nation" that are sure to please any fan of the genre. But Jevo is determined to innovate, or at least throw a couple of curve balls, on Wonderfool World. Who else would put TWO instrumental tracks, "Coming Home" and "Gemika 1937," separated by "Retarded Nation" at the end of the album? I also applaud his decision to cover David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes," not because it is a cool song, it actually doesn't translate to Heavy Metal all that well, but because he didn't pick a more well known song.

Unfortunately, if you've heard Destroy All Humans, you've also heard Wonderfool World. It not only follows the same path, but treads in most of the same footsteps. Original Power Metal, yes, original Soulitude, not so much. And, if anything, Wonderfool World is a bit more polished and muted than its predecessor. It lacks some of the aggression and originality that, for me anyway, provided the shock of Destroy All Humans. If that makes it seem like Wonderfool World is not a good album, then let me set the record straight. Nothing could be further from the truth. Wonderfool World is excellent. All the things I liked about Destroy All Humans are here. And it is impossible to argue with the price. Jevo has again made the entire album free for download from his site, in your choice of bit rate, no less.

Go to the website and download Wonderfool World and, while you're there, Destroy All Humans, for some catchy, dark Power Metal. You won't be disappointed.

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