Review by Alex Grindor on May 25, 2021.
Soul Grinder, a death metal band from Germany, are set to release their latest EP next month. Is it worth it? Yes it is!
What Soul Grinder delivers is pure, unadulterated death metal with plenty of atmosphere and in the vein of old school works. With tight and precise musicianship, and excellent vocalists backing them, it is all a delightful experience to listen to. The EP wastes no second in introduction, beginning immediately with the frantic delivery of all instruments before having an abrupt change in tempo, becoming even faster and introducing the vocals. From here on, the Lifeless Obsession has many twists and turns in its speed, but the band's playing is perfectly executed. Drums and bass are pummeling and precise, guitars are heavy as fuck and slash with great riffs and some acoustic passages. The vocals roll out with great low growls and piercing screams which are shared by guitar and bass players and their delivery is outstanding. Production wise there is not much I can complain about, everything is perfectly audible and in its proper place.
With great atmospherics thrown here and there, varied delivery in the music and featuring a guest appearance from Nachtgarm (of fellow band Negator), this is a well executed mini-record that I recommend entirely. It may not be innovative in any particular way, but it doesn't have to be.
Rating: 8.8 out of 10199