Soilent Green
Sewn Mouth Secrets


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
February 28th, 2010 | 73 replies | 10,186 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sewn mouth secret.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Charlton Heston’s 1973 cult classic film "Soylent Green" is to sci-fi what New Orleans, Louisiana blackened-sludge stalwarts Soilent Green are to metal; a cult favourite amongst anyone interested in the deep south’s influence on sludge metal. Like Heston’s bleak outlook on the future (a ravaged utopia where the horrors of mankind have completely come true), Soilent Green have had their fair share of misfortune that would make most bands break up three times over. A few of these unhealthy reminders fall under the categories of murder and Hurricane Katrina, but have only made the band stronger with age. Who knew that a band name would ironically predict the future of the group with multiple band members coming and going like a revolving door and a slew of other problems that would follow? However, if you know anything about these bands from the south, the worst possible adversity would only lend itself in the creation of some of the most genuinely pissed off, angst-vibed albums to ever creep out the dirtiest bowels of metal. Sewn Mouth Secrets feels exactly as the above description with enough musical punch to influence sludge metal as we hear it today.

Forming in 1988, it wasn’t until 1995 when Soilent Green really took off with their debut Pussysoul which is still regarded today as a classic in the foundations of sludge / death metal. Building upon the supremely tight sound of Pussysoul, sophomore effort and first for Relapse Records Sewn Mouth Secrets is the perfect stepping stone from their debut, pushing the boundaries of sludge and blackened death metal to new heights of excellence. In my mind, what sets this baby apart from other southern classics such as Dopesick by Eyehategod and Crowbar’s self-titled is the amount of diversity within the songs and genres packed into forty-five minutes of raging chaos. Guitarists Donovan Punch and Brain Patton are the key players here, stirring up blindingly fast blackened death metal chops and doomier sludge notes that cover so much ground in the riff department that the album will need your full investment for several thorough listens.

Speaking of diversity, the southern bluesy riffs that pepper the album offer some relief from the turbulence and also inject the music with some much needed breathers. Also as a sign of respect to their thriving music culture in New Orleans, these blues-licks act as a tip-of-the-hat to their grassroots heritage that had as much an influence on their sound as their bludgeoning metal scene has provided. Soilent Green’s rhythm section ain’t a bunch of slouches either, comprised of Scott Williams on bass and Tommy Buckley on drums who help lead the attack with an excellent attention to detail when steering the songs in their given directions, whatever the style of genre they’re playing and further adding to the range of structures and song-writing techniques. The most recognized member of the band and vocalist Ben Falgoust II certainly puts his pipes to the test, ranging between a course-textured growl and a gnarly blackened rasp that follows suit with his lyrics that are both anguished and severely pissed off while retaining some ingenuity.

As turbulent as the times for Soilent Green have been over the past ten years, nothing in their discography stands-up as well to this influential album that has spawned numerous copycats and too many side projects to count (Goatwhore being the most obvious one of the bunch). The amalgamation of sludge, death metal, and southern flavoured licks was what metal needed at this point in time, rife with generic bands that seemed to clone each other to no end (yes, I’m talking about nu-metal in a Soilent Green review). Sewn Mouth Secrets is one of the best-kept secrets in the genre and is essential to any person worthy enough of calling themselves a “metalhead”.



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Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been a while. Critique please, a little rusty.

Oh, and this one is for Wolfey!

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

bloozclooz
February 28th 2010



1770 Comments


i pos'd, but here's something i saw.

"Who knew that a band name would ironically predict the future of the group with multiple band members coming and going like a revolving door and a slew of other problems that would follow."

wouldn't this end in a question mark?

also, there's really only one paragraph talking about the album, ya'know?

Countess
February 28th 2010



818 Comments


"there's really only one paragraph talking about the album"
^^^
this

you didn't spend much time describing the album

Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I said all that needs to be said. Short, sweet and to the point. But I can add more in if I can think of anything else. Suggestions?

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 28th 2010



5784 Comments


I actually really like the review. The background information on the band/sound is written very well. I guess the only thing I might do is divide the big paragraph in two at the sentence that begins, "Speaking of diversity..." Other than that, it's great.

Looked these guys up around the web, and the reviews for this were very good. Good find, Wizard. Pos.

bloozclooz
February 28th 2010



1770 Comments


the review (for me) is hard to read through. the form is consistent, but that giant ol paragraph is a chore to tackle. either way i pos'd because this didn't have a review yet

Relinquished
February 28th 2010



24443 Comments


Yeah man, but I thought you were gonna do Inevitable Collapse. Like it matters though, this album rules. Great review like always.

If you complain about paragraph length, then read more, get use to it.

Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Observer, the suggestion is appreciated. Worth your time if you like blackened sludge.

Concerning the issue with "one paragraph of album description", don't you guys think it would look a little silly if I had no background and just jumped straight into the meat of the album? Also, I don't believe in going into too much detail because then it feels like an tedious instruction guide. I was thorough in my analysis and said what needs to be said with a little fluff around it. If you have a problem with the content, by all means, please point out what I missed and I would be happy to add it in.

Relinquished, I thought it was this album you were talking about? hahahahaha

charles2000
February 28th 2010



450 Comments


i agree with bluesclues

Countess
February 28th 2010



818 Comments


I have no problem with the background story, just would've liked to read more detail about the album, not a TBT but point out a song or 2 that stand out and tell us why they stand out

charles2000
February 28th 2010



450 Comments


sup count. get on msn dude

Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Countess, funny thing is I generally do that but in this case, I kind of feel that the album is consistent throughout. However, I will probably do it because it's a request and I would rather have my reviews appeal to as many people as possible.

bloozclooz, fixed.

Charles, I can tell you from experience that Countess is NOT Count hahahahaha.

Countess
February 28th 2010



818 Comments


just a suggestion rather than a criticism Wizard

and at least there's ONE person who doesn't think I'm count's alt!

charles2000
February 28th 2010



450 Comments


cut the shit dude

Relinquished
February 28th 2010



24443 Comments


count going undercover yet again, now with blue sunglasses

bloozclooz
February 28th 2010



1770 Comments


someone explain to me the cuban baseball players. i am of the confused.

Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why do you always have to be sniffing around these parts GhostOfSputnikDog? Hasn't the kennel picked you up yet?

Relinquished
February 28th 2010



24443 Comments


Someone needs to be euthanized again

Wizard
February 28th 2010



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too cute.

bloozclooz
February 28th 2010



1770 Comments


as long as it's not a cat it's cool



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