SOLDIERFIELD - CATHARSIS (Metalbox Recordings)
Groovy and alternative metal, that’s what Metalbox Recordings is promising to present this new band from the U.K.! They were formed around 2011 with only one mission: putting a bomb under the contemporary metal scene, and after the release of the EP ‘Bury The Ones We Love’, industry insiders were already whispering about Soldierfield being ‘the ones to watch out for the future’.
Guitar player of the band Steve Wray was responsible for the production of the EP, but the result was so stunning, that they decided to continue this working method on the debut album as well! This is a wise decision as the sound on Catharsis is phenomenal! Being producer in your own band has only positive vibes, as every involved person knows each other, the style and musical direction has a logical continuation and why should you change a winning team, isn’t it?
Vocals that are mature, a little hoarse, and tangling together with the structure of the songs. All instruments are perfectly in the mix, as you can hear the bass of Andy Trott pounding while drums of Jeff Singer add the heavy layer in the songs. Leigh Oates is capable to sing convincing with a lot of variety as well. Listen to the beginning of ‘The Only War’ and you will know what I mean. He’s really constructive and driven and even in the higher parts, he is present all the way. Strong arrangements in songs like ‘Beautiful Lie’ and ‘Burn Bright’ result in an album that can be advised as a ‘must-have’.
‘New Religion’ starts modest with a little acoustic guitar play, but this song has so much to deliver! The heavy approach and dark vocals add a new dimension to the new religion of which they speak. Steve Wray, guitar player and responsible for the programming of this album did an outstanding job by mastering, producing and mixing these songs into one complete set named ‘Catharsis’. The title track is totally diverse compared with the other tracks on this album. It starts really open with a lead for the vocals and an acoustic guitar by Andy Thrott and Steve Wray, and that’s exactly how this track continues. A pause moment with a lot of attention to the arrangement and sensitiveness. Totally diverse is ‘Nothing Left’ that starts pretty heavy and has an opposite effect and consequence. This is pure metal with a melodic touch and approach! ‘Cut The Ties’ had everything that was present on this album before. It contains melody, sensibility, power and vigor and a fortitude to give this album an outstanding end.
My rating: 87 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish