Soilent Green
Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of C


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Review

by Kyle Seubert USER (4 Reviews)
December 14th, 2011 | 8 replies | 9,056 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A forgotten gem of 2008.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

With releases from Opeth, Gojira, Cynic, Meshuggah and, even Enslaved, it made it easy to ignore Soilent Green’s Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction in 2008. However, even with some superior releases, Soilent Green released one of the year’s best albums that simply got swept to the wayside due to some of metal’s largest bands. Ben Falgoust and company, however, are no strangers to hardship. They lost their bassist Scott Williams in a murder/suicide and then former singer Glen Rambo when Hurricane Katrina struck. Falgoust himself was left wheel-chair bound due to a 2002 van crash with his other band Goatwhore. It’s grossly apparent that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and it’s fully evident on Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction.

Inevitable Collapse refines their signature sound, a mix of death metal, sludge and southern rock, to a point of perfection on this album. A noticeable difference is the production value, which has been noticeably cleaned up from previous releases. Even with a more clean-cut sound, the sludge and doom sections still ring out with the same filth and force as previous, older releases. Along with the polished production, the song writing has become noticeably better, as well, with more straight forward song structures that closely control the chaos Soilent Green produce.

Soilent Green is at their best when they find ways to assimilate their Southern heritage into the music and when they do so, the result is nothing less than rewarding. In the Same Breath features an acoustic guitar and banjo introduction before exploding into rolling guitar riffs and relentless blast beats. Antioxidant, easily the highlight of the album, features a groovy bass riff that would make any Southerner proud to be from the South. Guitarist Brian Patton and Bassist Scott Crochet keep things interesting showing off their technical skills at every turn and filling the entire album abound with memorable riffs. Drummer Tommy Buckley easily keeps pace with Patton and Crochet by blasting his way through the album while also standing out during the slower doom sections. The real hero of the album, however, is vocalist Ben Falgoust. His unorthodox, staccato growl fits perfectly into each song and adds another layer to the music, almost as if he were another instrument. While there’s not much variation in his growl, usually sticking to the mid and lower ranges, it plays perfectly into the context of the music.

It is, however, not to say the album is without its flaws. The middle section of the album waivers with songs like Superstition Aimed at One’s Skull, and For Lack of Perfect Words mainly because they don’t carry the weight or pack the same punch as most of the other songs on the album. In the end, Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction is a perfect addition to Soilent Green’s already solid discography and shows the band continuing to evolve the sound that defines them.


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Derkyle
December 14th 2011



178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed a review. Bad.

This is only my second review and I'm always looking for criticism so if there's anything wrong, let
me know. Also, this review has been two years in the making and I still don't like how this review
came out, but I figured I would finish it anyway regardless whether I liked it or not.

I'm also rather biased when it comes to this band. They are easily one of my favorite death metal acts
and can do no wrong in my eyes. This album has a permanent spot on almost any playlist I create.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Ending
December 14th 2011



1889 Comments


Tight review, sounds like something I might check out.

Only comments are that you may want to reconsider the wording of the second paragraph (lots of
"noticeable/y") and adding in the tracklist.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2011



5911 Comments


excellent review, pos, made me want to check this.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

MO
December 14th 2011



18229 Comments


bands nuts, saw them live ages ago but they were pretty good

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

DoABarrelRoll
December 14th 2011



342 Comments


I too saw these guys a long time ago, if I recall correctly they did a song for Squidbillies.

Relinquished
December 14th 2011



24428 Comments


band rules live

Derkyle
December 14th 2011



178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're on my list of bands I need to see live.

stabbler
December 14th 2011



1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good to see this reviewed....solid band



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