Soulquake System - _A Firm Statement_
(Black Mark / St. Clair, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
Soulquake System returns to the music scene with a thunderous wallop. While their debut disc, _Angry by Nature, Ugly by Choice_, was Pantera-esque rage rolled into a slight hardcore momentum, things have changed here. New singer Danile Engman gets the troops going with the raw death/rock/groove of their music. Sounding as if you blended Entombed, Meshuggah and Transport League, Soulquake System aren't afraid to let things get out of hand, showcasing loose guitar riffs, raging vocals and a pounding rhythm section that could crush one's skull. This band is one of the few Black Mark signees over the last few years I've been into, Auberon being the other, and I'm happy to see that the band has been given another record on Black Mark to show their quality. If ya like your metal music a little "off the handle", then this baby's for ya. Choice cuts: opener "Illegal Love", "Equal Treatment" and "Corrupdead".

(article published 16/1/1999)

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