Review by JD on December 30, 2015.
Swedish melodic death metallers Souldrainer has been around awhile, and steadily made a name for them it seems throughout the death metal world. Cold and harsh as their country gripped in the deadest of winters, then take that feel and inject strong writing and impressive melody that makes them stand out in a scene that sometimes is crowded with all sound a likes.
I was very impressed with Souldrainer right off the bat. I loved the melodic nature of it, as if they used a bit of traditional metal to help – and have hooks that were so memorable and yet heavy. The vocals by their throat man, Marcus Edvardsson, surprised me the most. What did is this man almost reminded me of Danny Filth (Cradle of Filth) but with some solid overtones of death metal vox running through the screeching melodies and haunting phrasing.
From the harshness of the opening track "Biological Experiments" to the Swedish titled ending song – solid - is the weakest words to describe the album, as ‘fucking stand out’, ‘crazy mother fucking heavy’ and ‘out of this world inventive’ would be a better start in the descriptive department. I just call it one of the most enjoyable and accessible death metal albums I have had the pleasure of doing in a very long time.
There are a few issues I have in the recording process of the album but all are rather small and will leave well enough alone. I just enjoyed the album from start to finish, finding no weak spots in any of the ten tracks they offered. Souldrainer is a band that not only death metallers will like, but others who are not on board with the DM scene, this might get them to re-evaluate their perceptions a little. I for one, have gotten a whole shit load out of it.
Rating: 9 out of 10