Music Reviews

Artist: Soulimage (@)
Title: human kind - animal mind
Format: CD + Download
Label: Echozone (@)
Rated: *****
'human kind ~ animal mind' is German electro-rock band Soulimage's second album, the first of which I've never heard. Rob. E. Soul handles the vocals, synths and drums while Patty Juhasz takes care of the guitar work. With a little help from their friends (Shir-Ran Yinon from New Model Army, violin on a couple tracks; Michael Erhard - bass on all tracks; and Conny Eberl - second vocal on a few tracks) they put together this album mixed and mastered by prolific German music producer Hitlon Theissen. 'human kind ~ animal mind' is bound to be a turning point in the career of this electro-metal band because it's a powerful trip, incorporating elements of NDH, Darkwave, alt-metal pop that is straight-on powerful. Soul's distinctive bold and potent vocals fit the music like a latex glove, whether he's in melodic mode (most of the time), or in harsh death growl mode (less often). The songs have more hooks than opening day of fishing season. Lyrically, the songs are a good mix of relatable themes without resorting to the mundane or LCD, and not over-intellectualizing. The tracks are forceful without beating you over the head. The one thing (and it's only one thing) is that this sounds very slick and polished; maybe too polished. However, it's hard to fault a well-produced product that sounds excellent. How it will resonate with listeners at large remains to be seen, as the album isn't slated for release until May 31st.

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