Soul Cycle
Soul Cycle II


4.5
superb

Review

by ClemintineBree USER (12 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best instrumental metal progressive albums ever made, posing great threats against instrumental giants Animals as Leaders

Soul Cycle is a band is seamlessly able to blend numerous metal and rock progressive styles into desirable tracks that never let down. Their ability to mix technicality and beauty into each riff with perfect harmonizing leads and fitting backing drums[programmed and mixed to perfection] is truly signature. They have a sound of their own which is truly hard to compare to other acts in the same business. But each track on Soul Cycle II feels so effortless, and unforced you feel like you’re going through an easing walk of a parasidaic park growling monkey beasts, while feel comfortable the whole way through as if with a single lift of the hand you could make any monkey bow at your feet. The opening track gives you good taste into the riffing style with its both alternate picking styles fused with patterns that bounce and glide over each other in a marinating fashion. Although there are some moments that aren’t perfect or underwhelming like “Against The Iron” which takes a while to build up, we still have plenty of standout tracks and moments that become so great they can easily make up for the weak moments. Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion. The album flow is quite solid with a run time well into the plus 40 minute mark but each track shares its own distinctive traits, which is perfect because who wants to listen to the same instrumental track over and over again. From the spacey arpeggios of “Reject Humanity” to the clean laid back melodies of “Ethereal” you will never feel like you’ve heard the same song twice. I strongly suggest this album is you’re a lover of metal, progressive, or even rock. You won’t be disappointed.



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KjSwantko
February 22nd 2013


9448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is a bit short obviously, but still decent none the less. Pos.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some constructive criticism/proofreading:

"feels so effortless, and unforced"

Comma splice.

"easing walk of a parasidaic park"

What's an "easing walk?" (I'm genuinely unsure if this is something colloquial that I'm unfamiliar with) Also, I think you mean "paradisaic" (as in having the qualities of a paradise). In my opinion that's kind of a clumsy word when, instead of "paradisaic park" you could say "paradise." Unless you mean "parasitic" (having the qualities of a life-leeching parasite) in which case this would work. But knowing this album, I'm guessing you mean the former.

"going through... while feel" tense doesn't match. In this case, you'd have to say "while feeling..."

"with its both" both is unnecessary here. It indicates a forthcoming "and" which never comes around (well, there is one, but not in the expected syntactical context). You can just cut the word altogether and be pretty sound.

"Although there are some moments that aren’t perfect or underwhelming"

This is a contradictory statement. Fix it by adding an "are" before "underwhelming" or, better yet, pick one phrase and edit the statement to reflect your choice. It'll strengthen the paragraph.

"try to tag djent into Soul Cycles"

"Soul Cycle's" (note the apostrophe)

"but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound"

"closer?" "closest?" Either word is what you're looking to use. "closing" is not.

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"The album flow is quite solid with a run time well into the plus 40 minute mark but each track shares its own distinctive traits, which is perfect because who wants to listen to the same instrumental track over and over again."

"plus 40" is most often written as "forty plus" but there's no official reason for that other than it's the more commonly accepted way of saying it.

You'd want a comma before "but each track."

You might not want to say that the track "shares" "distinctive traits." The definition of "distinctive" is unique. Sharing implies a common identity among multiple things and betrays the purpose of your sentence.

"which is perfect because..." You don't need this part and you can cut it to make your sentence look neater. If you are going to keep it, though, you need to punctuate your question with a question mark (which is kind of awkward because you've slapped it onto a sentence that's more statement than question to begin with... hence my suggestion that you nix it).

"I strongly suggest this album is you’re a lover of metal"

"if" not "is."

There's some other grammar stuff here (mostly commas/phrasing) but I don't want to be too overwhelming.

johnnydeking29
February 22nd 2013


9561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion Some people may even try to tag djent into Soul Cycles sound but their riffs are closing to a thrash sound mixed with jazzy fusions that reek of metal in its purest fashion

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Cipieron
February 22nd 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this band, and it's even better that they allow for free dl's

fromtheinside
February 22nd 2013


19165 Comments


love this album

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Eclecticist
February 22nd 2013


3863 Comments


I fucking hate that album art but yea this band rules

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


10383 Comments


"parasidaic park growling monkey beasts"

You could've just said Exotic Animal Petting Zoo instead, and gotten your point across just as well.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013


10383 Comments


I hope you appreciated my joke



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