Souls At Zero - _Taste for the Perverse_
(Energy Records, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
I used to think Wrathchild America was too much of a renegade metal/rock band, with too much going on within their music and their message - a band lost within their own vision. Then they became Souls At Zero, and it was like they had been given a new lease on life. The eponymous debut album was built on anger and frustation, a characteristic that was stapled to every note and lyric on the debut. This album is far from an angry mob of lyrics and musical mayhem. Though still heavy and in your face, _A Taste for the Perverse_ is more of a transition album than anything else. The band has developed a lot more since becoming Souls At Zero, and you can hear it in the Pantera meets Helmet/Quicksand songs that the band cranks out. Built more around strength of force and groove, _A Taste for the Perverse_ rarely loses the listener, and that does deserve good marks. My personal favorites are opener 'Undecided', 'My Fault', and the clearly cool crunch of 'Me Myself I'. Music focused more on what sounds great out there than what they could actually pull of with their own direction and sound, Souls At Zero's latest is worth checking out, but not really a life and death purchase. Not now, but who knows what the future holds for Souls At Zero?

(article published 2/9/1995)

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