Decoding The Soul
Magnitude 9 - Decoding The Soul

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MB Rating: 7.2
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User Rating: 7.6
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New Dimension
Lies Within The Truth
Facing The Unknown
To Find A Reason
Walk Through The Fire
Dead In Their Tracks
Thirty Days Of Night
Sands Of Time

Release Date: 2004
Label: InsideOut Music
7.6 out of 10 / 8 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Adam on 10/7/2004
Magnitude Nine's music recalls the glory days of 80's melodic metal scene without the glitz and the fakeness. Instead, Decoding the Soul brings out the redeeming qualities that made this style so infectious before quickly becoming over saturated.

This music is not easily categorized within today's metal scene partially because so much of what is out there is either considered power, traditional, or progressive. What Magnitude Nine offer the listener is a combination of all three without coming off as cheesy or a common slice of Iron Maiden worship. Decoding the Soul is a catchy album that any melodic metal/rock fan should appreciate.

Instrumentally, the skills are there but are not flaunted to the extent of many of their contemporaries. For me, the vocals steal the show. Restrained when they need to be and straying from fairy falsetto, vocalist Corey Brown's performance is inspiring and extremely catchy. Just try to not sing along with the chorus of the album's opening track 'New Dimension.' Go ahead... I dare you!

If you are in the mood for something light and melodic, then I highly recommend Magnitude Nine's Decoding the Soul. It isn't too harsh and it isn't too pansy; it's just right.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 7
Originality: 6
Overall: 8

Rating: 7.2 out of 10