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Review: Soul Embraced - For The Incomplete
Soul Embraced
For The Incomplete

Label: Clenchedfist Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 41:06
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 6, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
For The Incomplete

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

Soul Embraced is a band featuring two members from the band Living Sacrifice, namely Rocky Gray (Guitars) and Lance Garvin (Drums). If you have heard Living Sacrifice you will definitely notice the influence here as well. Rounding out the band is Chad Moore (Vocals) who brings the death metal growl tinged with some serious piss and venom.

The overview I received with this CD says this is a death metal band with influences from Cannibal Corpse, Pantera, Fear Factory and In Flames. To be honest I think this sounds more like thrash metal with death metal vocals. There are some blast beats here but not very often and the music is definitely dark and foreboding but the breakdown sections are what really make this disc shine. There is plain and simple some kick ass riffs here that are just perfect for getting a huge pit started. This CD has 7 new tracks and 4 tracks of their indie EP, which were all, remastered for better sound quality. Out of these 11 tracks I can honestly say there is not one weak track. Every last one of them has kick ass riffs that just defy you to clench your teeth and raise your fist in the air. The only thing that I didn't like about this album was the sound of the snare drum. It has this popping kind of sound that reminds me of a snare from a marching band or something. It's odd because the rest of the drum sound is excellent it just sounds like the snare is out of place. This is a minor distraction however since the rest of the album easily makes up for it.

Now there is one thing you should know before you rush out to buy this album. As I was reading through the booklet I noticed the lyrical content is of a religious nature. With the death metal style growl and thrash/death music you would be hard pressed to realize this anyway without looking at the booklet. I was wondering whether I should mention this or not since I personally could care less what the lyrical content is as long as the music kicks ass. There are those out there that do care however so I figured I should mention it. Personally I think it is ridiculous to base your opinion on music by what message it is sending but to each his own I guess.

Overall this simply some very well done thrash metal with some death metal influences and if you can look past the slightly annoying snare drum sound you will really like this. Highly Recommended.

Track by Track

Screams Unseen-8.5
Ascend into thy Embrace-9
My Tourniquet-9.5
Forgiveness in Solitude-8
Devour Gomorrah-8.5
Sacrificium-Suffer no More-8

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