Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down
Review by Tobias on October 12, 2001.
Soilent Green, much like their name, has put out a disc that rides a strange line between originality and utter mediocrity. That same sort of paradox is equally represented in the title of the album, lending it yet a third perspective of being symbolically appropriate for this release.
I the most unique thing about Soilent Green is the vocal ranging rendition of death/melodic/black vocal styles. Another interesting aspect is that sometimes the music almost seems bouncy, which I thought was completely impossible for this genre. It’s that which really saves this disc from falling into the tour d’ uninventiveness that we heard from In Aeternum’s latest effort.
The guitars really don’t do much of anything exciting, except at times when it sounds like Jake E. Lee influences are popping above sea level for a glimpse. I’d say that’s really where the band needs to put some more focus in the future, because the room for tolerance of the rather limited dynamics of death metal is growing sparse.
Without a doubt the two most solid songs on this disc are Afterthought of a Genius and Later Days. These are the tracks that you can really hear that sort of 80s Ozzy groove in some of the riffing as well as being the most dynamic tracks on the album.
Bottom Line: Not bad for an evening forest kegger, better suited to scare little sisters, the potential for future success is certainly there.
Rating: 6.5 of 10