Soulbound – obsYdian Review

A Dark, Intense Blend of Heavy Metal, Industrial, and Electronic Metal...

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Release: 26 July 2024

Genre: Industrial Metal

Links: https://www.soulbound.de/

 

Tracklist:

01 obsYdian
02 Burn
03 Insane
04 Forever In The Dark
05 Saint Sinner
06 Lioness
07 Isolate
08 Heartless
09 Paralyzed
10 Remain (Part 1)
11 Remain (Part 2)

 

Over the past few weeks, this album has been in constant rotation. A dark, intense creation, it blends elements of heavy metal, industrial, and electronic metal, making it a delight to review for enthusiasts of these genres.

The album begins with an instrumental title track, followed by ‘Burn,’ which evokes the style of Wednesday 13. ‘Insane’ comes next, showcasing the collaboration with Chris Harms of Lord of the Lost, reminiscent of their remarkable 2020 release ‘Addicted To Hell.’ The signature elements of a LotL album are present, offering much to appreciate for fans.

‘Isolate’ and ‘Heartless’ manage to slow the pace without diminishing the album’s energy, with the latter encouraging a deeper exploration of its lyrical content. The keys, layered atmospherics, and sophisticated use of vocal effects give ‘Heartless’ a cinematic quality akin to an Anne Rice film soundtrack.

‘Paralyzed’ reintroduces the energetic tempo and electronic elements before the 10-minute closing tracks ‘Remain (Part 1)’ and ‘Remain (Part 2)’ encapsulate the essence of the album in two distinct pieces.

The album reaches its zenith with ‘Forever In The Dark,’ where the dark, anthemic qualities of the 11 tracks are most prominent. At this juncture, listeners will likely find themselves repeatedly hitting the repeat button. With its swirling keyboards, compelling vocals, and pulsating beats, this track is a standout.

This momentum continues with ‘Saint Sinner.’ As it concludes and transitions into ‘Lioness,’ delivering more anthemic excellence, it becomes evident that Soulbound has exceeded expectations with this release.

Soulbound has crafted an album that demands to be experienced live at the earliest opportunity.

 

Score: 9/10

Reviewed by: Adrian Hextall

 

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