STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45522-14287 LABEL: Solid State 5099951983321 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-05-09 RRP: £1.99
Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby
Soul Embraced return with their brutal and intense brand of death metal after a five year break. This time around the band is made up of Rocky Gray (lead guitar) and Lance Garvin (drums) from Living Sacrifice, with Chad Moore (vocals), Jeff Bowie (bass) and Devin Castle (guitar) to complete the line-up. Furthermore, the album has been superbly produced by Barry Poynter (Living Sacrifice, Zao). They have moved on from 'Immune' and have gone for the melodic death metal sound. The intro "To End It All" has doleful church bells and acoustic guitar before unleashing the thrashy, riffing guitars. The lyrics are bound to unsettle, but you have to bear in mind that this is for the death metal scene and will not be suitable for an impressionable young teenager. It is aimed at the more mature listener who can fully appreciate this genre. Listen out for the low growling/rasping/hissing vocals as they deliver "Will this be the day I end it all, end it all?/My hate for life around my neck/I want to live but I've forgotten how/My God, is it too late?" From then onwards there is a dual onslaught of guitars with relentless shredding riffs. Just when you think that you know what's going to come next, in "Crawl" there are actually some clear vocals. And during "In Memory" there is an acoustic instrumental. If you regularly listen to Living Sacrifice you will find this has a more experimental sound.
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Soul Embraced has returned from the dead, bringing with them a reinvigorated, brutal and precise take on the intense death metal that made them infamous to the underground in
the late ‘90s.
The return of Soul Embraced has been a long time coming.
Rocky Gray is now back behind the lead guitar, having spent the last few years recording and touring with a multi-platinum hard rock band.
Gray has reunited with his close friend Chad Moore, whose vocals recall the best of Carcass and At the Gates.
Lance Garvin (who played with Gray in the legendary Living Sacrifice) is back behind the kit.
The band’s founding members, who formed the band in 1997 after the dissolution of Shredded Corpse, are joined by new bass player Jeff Bowie and new guitarist Devin Castle.
Dead Alive is the band’s first full-length release since 2003 and is by far their most brutal and yet most diverse offering.