Soulless - _Agony's Lament_
(Worldchaos Production, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Thrash metal to the bone, Soulless inject a lot of Swedish influences
into their sound to produce an album that is American but doesn't
sound American. Soulless are the kind of band that doesn't waste time
with preludes, interludes or any such things; five seconds into the
album, they've already said a lot about what's to come. All tracks
hover around three to four minutes in length and share the same style:
fast and furious, the rabid vocal performance matched by the busy
Swedish riffing and drumming. All very metallic and energetic, but
lacking individuality and real stand-out tracks. Indeed, Soulless are
a very competent band in their genre, but still no match for the
powerful death/thrash of bands like The Forsaken or Corporation 187.
As such, _Agony's Lament_ remains an honest effort and certainly an
enjoyable album in spite of the bland production, but one that offers
little that's different from or better than a large number of other
releases out there.
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