Gorefest - _Soul Survivor_
(Nuclear Blast, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (7 out of 10)
Acclaimed as the most successful Dutch band of all time (as per their bio), Gorefest are back with their fourth effort in their seven year career. When I first put on this album, I couldn't believe that I was listening to Gorefest. It was the same feeling I had when I popped in the latest Napalm Death for the first time. This album starts off in a very ... well, the only way to describe it is, in a very non-heavy way! The music just doesn't seem powerful at all. However, the band redeems itself as soon as the vocals come into play. At this point the music starts pounding away and the vocals of Jan-Chris de Koeijer are as heavy and forceful as ever. This album definitely shows a lot of progression on the part of the band, but is it the kind of progression we wanted to see? That I do not know. But what I do know is that the vocals carry the entire album, and that I wouldn't have even thought of giving a rating of 7 without them. Also included after some silence at the end of the last track is a little 'jam session' hidden track. Now THAT'S the kind of music I'd like to hear on the entire album, but I guess when you get a taste of the money that goes along with mainstream life, there is no heading back.

(article published 18/4/1996)

7/27/2007 J Smit 8 Gorefest - Rise to Ruin
10/17/2005 J Smit 7.5 Gorefest - La Muerte
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