Label: Century Media - CMD9982041 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Death Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Mirror People - Night Impact (File) production being too clear is no more evil or rotten and the guitars are really chainsaws in the distortion. The guitar riffs are too generic and the vocals are uninspired. I keep on asking myself: what the fuck happened to death groups at the beginning of the 90s??
Were they thinking to be cool mixing this shit with death metal? When Broken Wings - Amity Lane - The Sound Of Regret Grave - Soulless to skip the tracks at the second listening means that this is almost completely bad.
On first listen and compared to their previous back catalogue dating back to demos from this seems a rather ordinary and somewhat lacklustre affair. These immediate Grave - Soulless could well mislead the unwary listener and give the impression of a rock roll drenched washout of the masters of death - the band formerly known as Grave On further reflection, Grave never played that fast to begin with; it was the speed of the riff coupled with a slightly quicker drum pace not really considered blasts beats by American Death Metal standards that gave the appearance of death grind.
Opening with a classic, brief sample "bitches leave! The difference is rarely as contrast as black and white. The tempo of the drumming is generally quicker for the rest of the album and double bass is present on every track but each song is much more controlled and restrained than their predecessors, never frantic.
They end the album with the track Scars, which is sheer brilliance along with And Here I Die Satisfied —both tracks covered in previous reviews. There plenty of other memorable moments too- Your Loves Been A Long Time Coming - Take 10 - Elvis Presley - Promised Land (The Companion Album) demonic instrumental Judas, projecting a foreboding atmosphere of anguish clocking in at 3 minutes and Same In The End - Sublime - Sublime overstaying its welcome.
I Need You and Bullets are both full of hooks, breaks and lyric patterns that will not leave your subconscious alone! The material presented on Soulless could logically be construed as a natural progression for Grave - with each new release they appeared to be refining their sound with maturity, becoming progressively slower and more tempered. One thing can be said about Grave, they may not be the Maybe This Summer (Estate) - Caterina Valente - A Briglia Sciolta original band on Grave - Soulless Swede block but they knew how to metal up - their sound is thick and heavy with fuzzy bass, booming drums and dense guitars.
Owning enough collective talent to make what they do interesting and compelling with Grave - Soulless rhythms laced with deathly melodies - but invent the wheel they do not.
Perhaps Soulless is a statement of where the band was at and possibly, plausible differences of stylistic opinion within the band. I only need you to survive! How goes it metalheads, this is my first review. At first I thought it was silly to spend some of my precious time at work ha writing reviews for CDs that no one listens to, but when Axel F - Various - Rave On 96 saw the other review for Soulless I knew action had to be taken.
Grave - Soulless "Soulless" is a goddamn mid-paced death metal masterpiece. While they have toned it down a bit since the days of "You'll Never See They still mix in some quick drums here and there, which have been absent from their last few releases.
And this is the last one with Grave - Soulless. Paulsson, whose vocals are way more evil with little to no studio - added cruelty than the Grave of today. The lyrics focus on good ole Satanism, digging up dead girlfriends, raping and decapitating your mother, choruses of crying angels, etc. This album is accessible to those who don't need their death at mph, and love big breakdowns.
And boy is Grave great at the big breakdown, turn on "Turning Black," wait a bit for Jensa to say, "There is no The beginning of the album is very strong, with the aforementioned "Turning Black," the hilariously satanic "Soulless," my favorite track 'I Need You," and the death 'n roll flavored "Bullets are Mine. The whole album brings a nice mix of double-bass fueled brutality and chunky, rythmic slow parts.
This starts to get tedious toward the end, songs like "Rain" and "Genocide" are pretty forgettable. The album thankfully ends with the slow, almost radio - friendly minus the fact that it's Grave Grave - Soulless Scars, which evokes the feeling of its lyrics well. Bottom line, this is the first death metal album I owned and I am quite happy that it was.
It got me into Grave - Soulless whole old skool Swedish scene, which has branched out into all of the horrible things I listen to today. If you like Grave, or rib-crushing funky death metal, then pick it up. Edit - Whoops, got the band members all mixed up here. It is Jorgen on vocals and bass back thenJensa on drums, and of course Ola handles the guitar. The title really suits this album.
Soulless is filled with mid-paced, watered down death metal which clearly lacks soul. All of the songs plod forwards with the same speed and the structures don't differ much at all.
The album is recorded at Sunlight and it has the Sunlight sound which is another notch against the album. At this point in Swedish death metal Sunlight was just way overused. Otherwise the album is mixed well if rather predictably which is of course expected.
The songs have hooks and some are at least slightly catchy, but with the riffs being as generic and half-assed as they are, they just aren't enough. You wouldn't be too far off if you'd describe Soulless as Into the Grave with more groove and less death and brutality.
Two songs do rise up from the blandness of the rest. And Here I Die Satisfied has a very catchy Grave - Soulless and some good guitar leads and Scars is a rather slow and moody song with Grave - Soulless again Grave - Soulless good guitar melodies. All in all, the whole album seems to lack motivation. The album sounds rather lazy and the compositions seem to be done in a haste to just get something on plastic.
I don't know if the label put pressure on the band or what but you're better off just getting the two songs I mentioned as mp3s and forgetting this whole album was ever released. Metal Archives loading Username Password Login. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R.
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