STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9127-8848 LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND42531 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2003-04-04 RRP: £1.99
Reviewed by Andy Long
At first listen it sounds like this is going to be just another thrasher band clawing their way through a hedge of death-laden lyrics and shred-heavy riffs. Thankfully the band soon reveal a deeper aspect of their musicality and add a second, belting rock vocal over the guttural growls of Chad Moore. The blend of sounds gives them a much more contemporary edge and brings a balance of sounds that will keep them interesting. When you realise that their guitarist and songwriter is Rocky Gray, whose alter-ego sits on the drum stool for Evanescence, it all starts to become a bit clearer. Lyrically they are steeped in the same territory as Rocky's other, other band, Living Sacrifice (busy guy!). "I Bury You", "Someone Just Walked Across My Grave" and "Existence In Despair" are typical of the old school death metal stylings, but Soul Embraced have managed to put something of a new twist into it.
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