Samothrace
Life's Trade


4.0
excellent

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
December 6th, 2008 | 37 replies | 8,821 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Funeral doom meets post-rock meets sludge meets Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. Doom metal Dalton right when he rips the heart out of that tool bag.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

One of the more interesting metal bands to have crossed my path in recent times happens to be the Kansas bred doom metal outfit Samothrace. The band caught me off guard a short time ago with their stunning debut record, “Life’s Trade“, a scathing blend of funeral and death/doom with a unique twist to it. Doom is generally a hit and miss for me and not really a style that I consider to be one of my favorites but Samothrace have proved that even a sub-genre based on slow repetition can evolve. And that’s just what they have done with this album. Life’s Trade is a four track, forty seven minute lumbering behemoth that swallows the listener whole in one gulp with the suffocating atmosphere of funeral doom trading off with the lush, sonorous vibe of modern post-rock.

Samothrace is a four man band consisting of Bryan Spinks, Dylan Desmond, Joe Noel, and Daniel Noke who help create one of the strongest and more interesting doom albums to date. Starting with front man/ guitar player Bryan and rhythm guitarist Daniel, Samothrace capture the mood with a blend of amplifying power and sophisticated elegance at times bringing in elements of southern rock and sludge. Atypical of funeral doom, the overall tempo of “Life’s Trade” is quite stagnant yet never fails to creatively impress me. The heaviness responds well to the melody, balancing each other in harmony while the mix genre swirling textures out to be just as effective. The vocals range from unintelligible howling to deeper, throaty growls, while throwing in an occasional shriek. There are plenty of instrumental sections peppered out between the four ten minute tracks so Bryan isn’t utilized to his full extent but quite effective nonetheless. The bass tone is stimulating and heavy, with Dylan’s finger tapping skills providing a compelling take on the rhythmic balance. Closing out the instrumentation is Joe’s hard hitting drum kit assault. Opting for the standard yet always efficient comatose beat-down technique, his drum playing is intense and full of cymbal crashing power.

Samothrace excel at creating epic dirges while maintaining enough interest to keep such non funeral doom aficionados such a myself interested. Production is dirty with a clean polish, lending a brutally heavy edge with melodic tendencies creeping in from time to time. Songwriting is varied and creative enough to appease even the most seasoned of metalheads around. My only complaint with this record is that it tends to end rather abruptly. I know that four tracks totaling almost fifty minutes of material is quite a handful I can’t help but feel that one more track would make this feel more complete. On a positive note, Samothrace have created one of the years top doom records in “Life’s Trade’s” so if you like what you’ve read from this then I assure you to check out the bands official myspace and/or last fm who is currently streaming the album.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 6th 2008



6837 Comments


your summaries are the coolest thing ever, great short review too

I like how when I see an album with 4 or 5 songs, I think it's an EP until I see the word doom

PayneTiger777
December 6th 2008



4383 Comments


Lol, awesome summary, Balls.

BallsToTheWall
December 6th 2008



44164 Comments


That's because Patrick Swayze kicks fuckin ass. Thanks guys, check it out fire.

Phantom
December 6th 2008



8930 Comments


This is good, especially as its a short review. Might look into this as I'm trying to get into more doom at the moment.

Bleak123
December 6th 2008



1902 Comments


good review man

Wizard
December 6th 2008



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really well done descriptions in the review Balls. You have a knack for coming up that sort of detail stuff. I will most definitely be checking this out. Sounds like quality stuff.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

BallsToTheWall
December 6th 2008



44164 Comments


Thanks Wizard and Bleak. It sure is dead on sputnik tonight. Guess I didn't miss much by going to a gay christmas parade.

rasputin
December 6th 2008



14512 Comments


Good review man, album sounds interesting

BallsToTheWall
December 6th 2008



44164 Comments


So when Raz reviews funeral doom, shit goes wild. I review funeral doom, shit doesn't happen. This is just a testament to Rasputin's unholy ode to the doom that nobody else can touch. Touche good sir, touche.

fireaboveicebelow
December 6th 2008



6837 Comments


I feel your pain balls, many of my reviews are ignored too, that's why we support each other like a herd of rhinos, no one can touch us WOOO

album's pretty solid btwThis Message Edited On 12.06.08

Willie
Moderator
December 7th 2008



15875 Comments


Thanks for letting me know about this on last.fm, this is really good. Nice review too.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Wizard
December 7th 2008



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is very Neurosis'ish'! Loving it.

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2008



44164 Comments


Cool to hear. Really loving this as well. Haven't listened to too much doom this year but this is one of my top picks so far.

Wizard
December 7th 2008



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You still need to listen to Neurosis Balls, especially if this stuff is your cup of tea. Or have you heard them yet?

Edit: I'm so fucking blown away by the two tracks on their myspace page. Ordered for awesomeness. Damn it's going to be tough doing a top 10 for 2008.This Message Edited On 12.07.08

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2008



44164 Comments


I've heard of Neurosis for several years but just now really getting into them. They are amazing but only have songs I'll pick up an album or two for christmas. I'll just get the ones you/majority party praised the highest.

Wizard
December 7th 2008



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which is all of their albums hahaha.

Willie
Moderator
December 7th 2008



15875 Comments


I'll just get the ones you/majority party praised the highest.
No one else really praises it, but you really need to get "Souls at Zero"... it's my favorite album by Neurosis, hands down.

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2008



44164 Comments


Trolling.This Message Edited On 12.31.08

BallsToTheWall
December 7th 2008



44164 Comments


Just be lucky i'm not Rasputin. He's not as lenient as I am.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



16242 Comments


Had me sold at the summary, rest of the review reinforced this.



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