Soilent Green - "Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction" (CD)
"Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction" track listing:
1. Mental Acupuncture
2. Blessed in the Arms of Servitude
3. In the Same Breath
6. Rock Paper Scissors
7. Superstition Aimed at One’s Skull
8. For Lack of Perfect Words
9. When All Roads Lead to Rome
10. All This Good Intention Wasted in the Wake of Apathy
11. A Pale Horse and the Story of the End
Reviewed by buickmckane on July 6, 2009
If you made it through all of that literature, here comes the review. Soilent Green has created a beast. Rather, they killed off old people, reconstituted the remains into green wafers, and fed it to the masses through music. “Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction” is a high energy, unrelenting attack on the senses that also soothes the soul. It makes me very proud to say that I’m from the same city as these guys. The only regret you’ll have listening to this album is that you don’t have the European version that includes the Exhorder cover “Legions of Death” that you must scour the net to find.
“Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction” begins quickly and brutally and stays with that formula throughout. On the first song “Mental Acupuncture” the pattern of the drum playing is the same as the guitar presents itself. It almost seems like the drummer is the guitarist and they just overlaid the takes. This trick made the drums stand out beautifully while not forsaking the guitar at all. The drum work was very diverse and just incredible. Kudos to Tommy Buckley.
Ben Falgoust’s signature “oooh” starts off “Blessed in the Arms of Servitude.” His vocals are identical to the way he growls in Goatwhore except that in “A Pale Horse And The Story Of The End” Ben uses a different vocal pattern that fits very nicely and syncopates with the guitar and drum rhythm. It was a bit disappointing that Ben didn’t stray much from his technique although he is a very good singer.
There are a couple surprises on the album such as some songs that have an instrumental interlude that includes a banjo. “In the Same Breath” begins with such an interlude. What sets the instrumentals apart from other bands that do the same is that these interludes are upbeat. They are happy little nuggets of musical entertainment plopped into sludgy, grindy metal. In some places during the album, there are hints of upbeat keys like in “Rock Paper Scissors” and “For Lack of Perfect Words.” They are like silver linings on dark clouds. It is reminiscent of another New Orleans artist Pepper Keenan when he played in Corrosion of Conformity. “Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction “ almost has a hard rock feel to it.
The music is not so slow and menacing that it just depresses you, instead it’s angry, loud, and ready to fight. It is complex between the drum and guitar meshing, but not so technical that it turns you off. The instrumental range is extreme and not stuck in one or two keys. “Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction” is an amazing album that I urge all to listen to at least once.
Highs: The High is a high you receive from the high energy of this album.
Lows: Ben could have diversified his voice a bit.
Bottom line: An awesome album without a dull moment.
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