Soul Swallower
Devoured


3.5
great

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
December 28th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fucking bleak

One of the cliches perpetuated by mediocre bands everywhere that I find obnoxious is the notion that they are somehow being held back or encumbered by the scene or town they derive from. It’s maintained more by bands of the pop-punk and ska liking than of the powerviolence or hardcore persuasion; but either way, this idea is pretty silly. Hometown influences and localities usually play an integral part in shaping a band, whether they find themselves following trends or purposefully abstaining from them. This platitude feels especially pertinent when talking about Boston hardcore outfit Soul Swallower, because they embody an aesthetic that distinguishes them from the hardcore punk scene of Boston while simultaneously acting as an amalgam of said scene. An LP long in the oven, as some tracks date back to ’05 and ’07, it’s finally arrived-- and damn is it impressive.

Devoured is bleak, and it centers around emotions like ire more so than melancholy despite factors like the consistent, rhythmic riffing as opposed to more breakneck-speed thrash. These sludgier factors are apparent throughout, and they differentiate Devoured as a more-than-you-average-Mind Eraser-ripoff. The satisfyingly heavy intro to “Greed and Disgust” serves as a shining example of this; furthermore, the second half of this track astounds in its sheer energy and ardor when the ferocious riffs bleed through. All in all, the track could be offered as a fairly accurate microcosm of Devoured in both its keen sense of flow and unrelenting denseness. Brandon's vocals, who you may recognize from The Rival Mob, also seem especially desperate and longing, his idiosyncratic voice strained and hoarse. Coupled with the aforementioned elements of Devoured, this consistently bitter and biting endeavor, they are fitting. Herein lies Soul Swallower’s most distinct trait-- not necessarily the powerviolence outfit’s ability to perform Boston hardcore in perfect, cookie-cutter fashion, but its ability to combine certain elements from this scene in a way that is equally interesting and adept. As fulfilling as Devoured is in its half-hour runtime, I still can’t help but think that this is only the beginning for a band that is proving to be notably more creative and interesting than their birth scene.



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carouse
December 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album cover on this is awesome, too.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2011


16137 Comments


New favorite user. Props on reviewing this and Seidr. Good reviews too. Pos.

carouse
December 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude. I have a few more I'd like to write in the coming days as well for some albums that don't have reviews on
this site. Have you heard Backtrack - Darker Half?

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2011


16137 Comments


Have not. But I will have after tomorrow, thanks to you and ten seconds of Googling. Sounds good.

Hikikomori
December 28th 2011


48 Comments


Good review. I listened to a couple off of this the other day and thought it was just average. Might give it another chance though.

carouse
December 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah give it another listen. It's pretty straight-forward though, so I wouldn't spend too long on it if you don't enjoy it, still.

accompliceofmydeath
December 28th 2011


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Similar artists look good. Love me some powerviolence.

Welcome to the site!

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carouse
December 28th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! And yeah, this is highly recommended, you should like it based on some of your ratings.

EyesWideShut
January 8th 2012


3207 Comments


hmm this looks intresting.. album cover reminds me of The Thing.

carouse
January 9th 2012


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the cover, personally.

MalleusMaleficarum
January 12th 2012


14392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeeeeeeeeeee

carouse
January 15th 2012


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've begun to like this more and more the more I listen.

Adabelle
July 2nd 2012


4259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Has such a nice feel to it, idk why

sixdegrees
June 20th 2013


17690 Comments


yeah so this is pretty sweet

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SubtleBody
June 20th 2013


519 Comments


yeah powers hard



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