Soft Kill


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Killing us softly…

Soft Kill have been creeping around for a little while now with one effort after another trying to capitalise on their unique approach to completely redundant and overplayed influences every fresh-off-a-high-school post-punk band today does, even more synthetic New Order and even less energetic Joy Division. You know, the first thing that comes to mind. But Soft Kill seemed, if not original among the bland pile, at least mildly intriguing. Not that their song-writing and instrumental chops were anything much to praise, but somehow the overall execution of albums such as Heresy or Choke did manage to leave an impression of a certain quality the band is yet to fully learn to grab. Choke was overly industrial and musically non-distinct from anything else in the stylistic horde, but at least had a few catchy moments, while Heresy went all in on the emotional dissonance, which ultimately served them well. But Savior finds the band struggle to climb out of the musical hole they dug themselves in with the blatant influences and for the most part just seems like a reach into every direction previously explored on their other work.

It all kicks off promisingly enough; “Swaddle” is an energetic, kicking tune with explosive instrumentation and atmospheric production, but its arrangement quality got quickly overshadowed by the poorly mixed vocals that just take away from any and all excitement the song could have possibly evoked. But at least it had its energy to carry it, right after that the album as if gets dropped into the pit of redundancy, where one song after another sounds exactly the same.

In talking about this band I often have kept coming back (and probably will) to likening them to New Order and Joy Division, and often that comparison seemed as primitive as the band’s worship of those artists. Savior might be their first album, where this likeness is the only clear and distinct characteristic. Long gone are the days of Choke’s more electronic messiness or even more so Heresy’s guitar-wielding urgency and sonic contempt. Savior is just a recycled cliché that might try to implement more of that natural instrumental composition like on Heresy and still come off a little more subtle and free—flowing like on Choke, but in the end they come off as clueless and banal as any novice.

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Papa Universe
May 15th 2018


Album Rating: 2.5

was supposed to have come out eons ago, but them bans kept me from getting to it

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May 15th 2018


Tis' good to read you again old man. Good review. Savipos?

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Papa Universe
May 16th 2018


Album Rating: 2.5

Ay, ya darling lad, aye?

May 16th 2018


Damn, sorry to hear you didn't like this that much Pops. I'm a big fan of Heresy, so I'll def give this a listen.

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May 16th 2018


Album Rating: 4.5

Choke is a 10 / 10 masterpiece, this album is a step down but still fantastic. These guys are, with Drab Majesty, by far the best 80s worship of all time outside of stuff actually released in the 80s.

Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2018


this album kicks ass ur opinion's wrong old man go back to the geriatric ward

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