|Review: Voice of the Soul - Into Oblivion|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 5, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Into Oblivion is a solid slab of melodic Death Metal from Kuwait's Voice of the Soul. By "melodic" I don't mean the saccharine keyboards of some Melodic Death Metal bands. No, Voice of the Soul uses a more Traditional Metal approach to their music, which is a nice departure from typical Thrash-based Death Metal. The vocals are suitably harsh and do not hinder the songs, nor do they do anything out of the ordinary. Guitarist Kareem, who also handles the vocals, and Monish play some excellent lead work that gives the impression they thought about how the solos would sound vs. cramming as many notes as possible into 8 bars.
There are some keyboards, like at the opening of "Immolation," but they are kept to a minimum and in a supporting role. Mostly, Voice of the Soul treat us to mid-paced, crushing riffs, only occasionally shifting into high gear. Much of Into Oblivion is very listenable though not particularly unique. Long-time Death Metal fans may not find it all that exciting but if you are new to the genre, it is a good introduction.
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