Souldrainer
Reborn


4.5
superb

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
December 1st, 2007 | 27 replies | 4,736 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the sort of music that I crave, to be shown glimpses of another world, one where everything is beautiful, one where time stands still for the music and one where nothing matters except for the emotions running through your heart.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Music can evoke a lot of different feelings and atmospheres, beauty, awe, despair, fear, isolation, there is almost no feelings that I can think of which cannot be displayed in music. When done right, it is an art, it is epic, magnificent, heart-touching, words cannot describe how music touches the soul in a way nothing else does. So, ultimately, the goal for anyone who listens to any form of music in any genre is to find those bands, or just that one band even, that can touch their soul in a way nothing else can, to take them to other places in the atmosphere of the songs, to leave them awed, and to give them something special. Do Souldrainer fit in with these sorts of bands? Hell yes.

There are certain things that cannot be denied when you hear them, you just know if something is beautiful, it doesn't have to be beautiful for any one reason, it just is. Estatic Fear's 'A Sombre Dance' was beautiful, Dissillusion's 'Back to Times of Splendor' was beautiful, Reborn is beautiful. There is no reason for this music to give off this atmosphere, one could attribute it to the classical sound playing alongside the death metal, the amazingly heartfelt vocals, or the wonderfully crafted riffs, but when it comes down to it, not one of these things makes the music beautiful, it just is. With their debut album, Souldrainer have made a work of art, this is not simply music, it is so much more, it is not just melodic death metal, it is a work of art, a grand tapestry of emotions and colours, all being painted together to form one of the best albums this year, or in the past five years.

The guitarist paint the colours in a magnificently melodic way, from harmonized riffs to heavy pounding notes, they help create emotion through the music that is further highlighted by the epic choir in the background, every note is played from the heart, and they suit the atmosphere perfectly. But what makes the atmosphere is undoubtedly the choirs and the beautiful string arrangements that accompany the death metal brutality where ever it goes. What this creates is a mirage of emotions and feelings, each one suitable for the music being played at the time. In any one song there can be glimpses of fear, hope, despair, awe, everything, it is so unbelievably heartfelt that one cannot help but be utterly blown away after hearing it. With such a magnificent backdrop, the voice of the band has an incredibly hard job to do. Thankfully, they have one hell of a vocalist. If the music was emotional, the vocals suit it to a point that you can't imagine anyone else doing them, what he gives is a honest, powerful and epic performance that gives the music an even higher standard. There is so much emotion in his voice that you are moved without even realising it, he keeps the sane sort of style throughout the entire album, with the most difference being a hoarse shout rather than a death growl. But it does not matter, nothing else than that is needed, the choir backs him up throughout nearly every song, and too much change in his voice would disrupt the flow and harmony of this record.

Every song on the album has a reasonably slow tempo, at times, the music almost sounds like doom metal, but the moments where the band goes all out simply blow out any form of genre specification, for it is simply epic metal at those times, and one needs not confine it any further. If you were to label this though, it would be called melodic death/doom metal, but the almost gothic melodies and the epic classical arrangements contrast this wonderfully, and what you get is an album that never gets old. Every song has a moment that you can love, every song is driven emotionally by the powerful guitars and drumming, yet made completely different each time thanks to the classical sound which is so prevalent in their unique style. Although them being in their own unique place makes the music somewhat predictable, you will not care when you are listening to it, for what makes Reborn special is not that it keeps the listener on their toes with dynamic changes tempo shifts, no, that would be defeating the entire point of their music. What gives them their special brilliance is that what is played here is straight from the heart, this is some of the most emotionally driven music you will ever hear, and maybe that is what makes it so beautiful after all.

The band themselves state that their music gives off the feeling of dying violently in a beautiful way, and I can not give a more perfect summary than that no matter how hard I try, this album shows that there is still hope for a stagnating melodic death metal scene, and their are still bands out there who can truly create works of art. This is the sort of music that individuals like me crave, to be shown glimpses of another world, one where everything is beautiful, one where time stands still for the music, one where nothing matters except for the emotions running through your heart. Souldrainer have created that world, and I for one cannot wait for their next album where I can visit it yet again.



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Crimson
December 1st 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably my most cheesy review ever, but I loved writing it.
Check out their myspace, it has three great songs on it:
http://www.myspace.com/souldrainer

Confessed2005
December 1st 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds like really good stuff. Very good review, I didn't think it was all that cheesy.

jrowa001
December 1st 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. i have this album but for me it is a 3.5. it might go up to a 4 if i start listening to it more. i got it when it came out and i have probably listened to it only 3 times without really my full attention

Crimson
December 1st 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You always seem to have heard of these bands that I review, when no one else has...
Weird.

jrowa001
December 1st 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, i have a lot of music and i do quite a lot of blog searching so i get a lot of these types of albums.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2007



16027 Comments


Great review, this sounds like I wrote it lol. This band seems to be right up my alley, this going to the top of my "to get" list. Just read it over I noticed some spelling mistakes. "Harmonized" has a z in it not an s.This Message Edited On 12.01.07

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Crimson
December 1st 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, thanks. Checked out their myspace?

botb
December 1st 2007



9288 Comments


This intrigues me a lot.

BallsToTheWall
December 1st 2007



44164 Comments


Sick review man. Cool name, cool art, cool review, sounds like something I need pronto.

ikarus
December 1st 2007



559 Comments


this stuff aint bad, nice melodies and good bass levels

Confessed2005
December 2nd 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. I'm really enjoying this at the moment. The vocals are quite unique in a way.

Crimson
December 2nd 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, certainly know what you mean there. I just love the pure emotion in his voice on 'Everyday Hero'

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2007



44164 Comments


This is great stuff. The Others is amazing. Need to find this quickly.

Crimson
December 3rd 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:D Glad you like it, The Others is one of my favourites from the album.

hermitspancho
December 15th 2007



277 Comments


cant wait to get this .Angel song is incredible ,particularly the vocal .
Great review and thanks for the link

Crimson
December 15th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woot! More people need to get this.

rasputin
December 15th 2007



14504 Comments


"Harmonized" has a z in it not an s.

In America, yes it does. In Australia, and the UK, it is an s, which is the original way of spelling it. American English often uses an z instead of an s in many instances, such as realise. I'd expect you to spell realise with a z also.

Crimson
December 15th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listening to this for about the tenth time, it's still f'in awesome.

Crimson
December 20th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumped for pure awesomeness, more people need to get this.

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2007



44164 Comments


Indeed. I can't get enough of "The Others".



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