Training for Utopia
Plastic Soul Impalement


5.0
classic

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
February 26th, 2013 | 222 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At last, you know what it means to hate.

The late nineties were a pivotal and highly influential period in the history of metalcore music. Albums such as Calculating Infinity by The Dillinger Escape Plan and We Are The Romans by Botch helped to shape the next decade of aspiring bands and went on to be recognized as genre-defining pieces of music. However, for every pioneering group that broke through to make names for themselves, there were hundreds of others that simply faded away without a trace. Although some members of Training For Utopia found some eventual success with Demon Hunter, nothing they created after 1998’s Plastic Soul Impalement recaptured the same relentless ferocity and creativity displayed on the group’s debut release. It's a textbook example of a potential classic that just never managed to stay afloat in the ultra-competitive music industry. For those who have heard it, however, Plastic Soul Impalement stands as an extraordinary collection of tracks that every metalcore fan should have in their collection.

Simply put, this album is raw. The production is so dense that everything comes together in a wall of spastic noise, making for a truly unique listening experience. Each track progresses in a different fashion than its predecessor; no exact pattern is rehashed or recycled. The riffs are dark, twisted and contain just the right amount of technicality to keep the listener intrigued. Instead of resorting to simple monotone screams, vocalist Ryan Clark displays a powerful range of intelligible shrieks and growls that serve as the backbone holding the chaos in place. The ambient sections that break up the flow are murky and ominous, bridging the tracks together while maintaining a tense atmosphere until the next wave of pandemonium arrives. Though much of the subject matter is moralistic and full of “holier-than-thou” lyrics, the aggressive but intelligent messages perfectly complement the music’s unchained fury. Perhaps the album's greatest strength is that its sound is so honed and meticulously crafted compared to what the competition was releasing at the time, especially for a debut album.

It’s a crying shame that this album never got the attention it truly deserves, as there aren’t many groups who can reach such incredible heights so early in their careers. Unfortunately, Plastic Soul Impalement was ahead of its time, doomed to fall through the cracks of the underground before the genre really found a voice. Fifteen years after its release, the scene is almost unrecognizable and full of stale, uninspired music (the likes of which Demon Hunter eventually contributed.) Training For Utopia and their phenomenal debut exist as little more than an afterthought, revered by no more than a small cult following longing for the past.



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Scoot
February 26th 2013


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFGUXoe28QY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_-kCNq0Nss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzt3Dv6AuWw

tfu bitch

MMX
February 26th 2013


4864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DL
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tfu bitch

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Yazz_Flute
February 26th 2013


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album riffs.

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RevenantBlue
February 26th 2013


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Slays for days in Christ's name amen

Scoot
February 26th 2013


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

stop pussyfooting around with bmth and come listen to some manly music

Scoot
February 26th 2013


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all hail the mighty core gods

wacknizzle
February 26th 2013


13733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah great review mang. Album slays hard, I agree it was definitely before it's time and slid through the cracks unnoticed. Glad you showed me this beast.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


21845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still cant find this anywhere, MMX those links dont work

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wacknizzle
February 26th 2013


13733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got u Ins, give me a minute.

FearThyEvil
February 26th 2013


12787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I got it off Amazon.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


21845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

25 minute song? holy shit

Cygnatti
February 26th 2013


22485 Comments


90s metalcore? ooh :o

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Colliiiin
February 26th 2013


674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is fuckin awesome, it's funny that these dudes are "christian" and this is album is straight pissed.

skoopy48
February 26th 2013


1604 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yes

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FearThyEvil
February 26th 2013


12787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

25 minute song? holy shit

It's mostly silence until like the last 3-2mins or so.

MMX
February 26th 2013


4864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My Mediafire link still works, looks like the FLAC copy was finally taken down
I guess Scoot and I are the only ones left with those FLAC copies then

wacknizzle
March 5th 2013


13733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really need to find a cd copy of this. The copy I have downloaded has such a low bit quality that the cymbals distort into sharp fragments of noise that punish your ears.

demigod!
March 5th 2013


45286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, this sounds like something i might like

really like the band name / album title

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wacknizzle
March 5th 2013


13733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think you will, it's similar to Botch. It riffs hard and has good variation throughout, as well as excellent vocals and lyrics.

Suddy911
March 9th 2013


1191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Woah, what a gem.



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