10/20/2005 - Review by: Veritas
V:28 - Soul Saviour - 2005 - Vendlus Records
The main thing that kept me from thoroughly enjoying Soul Saviour is its overall blandness. The songs generally follow the same structure and tend to be very repetitive. The electronic effects slightly enhance the monotony, but do little to bring up the overall quality of the music. The songs are slow and seem to almost drag along. Obviously this was the bandís intent, and Iím not questioning their ability to play their instruments. Itís just that the lack of any variance of pace makes a very boring listening experience.
Another aspect that slightly puts me off this album is the vocal style. Instead of a blackened rasp which would be more fitting to the overall style of the music, vocalist/guitarist Eddie Risdal often employs a much deeper growl. While itís quite a good growl, itís place alongside V:28ís music is questionable. It adds to the slightly depressive feeling that V:28ís music gives off, thatís certain. But he comes off sounding like a death/doom vocalist (Iím acutely reminded of a not-as-deep version of Swallow the Sunís Mikko Kotamški).
Thatís not to say that V:28 donít have their nice moments. On ďInfected by Life,Ē probably the albumís strongest song, about halfway through a strong, almost techno-inspired electronic beat takes over. Eddie Risdalís harsh vocals sound slightly comical against this backdrop, and itís a very fun moment. When all is said and done, however, these nine tracks wonít do very much for the average listener. A fan of this style is better off picking up Shade Empireís latest or an old ÖAnd Oceans release than bothering with V:28.
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