Title: Edge Of SanityLabel: Pride & Joy Music
Soul Exchange are a Swedish Melodic / Hard Rock that
originally started out as the solo project of Hans von Bell,
but things soon grew into a full blow band and with the
release of the debut 'Bloodbound', The Soul Exchange was
in 2018 the Daniel John (vocals & keyboards), Hans von
Bell (guitars), Thomas von Bell (guitars), Patrik Ekelöf
(bass) and Benny White (drums), return with their new opus
‘Edge of Sanity’.
band have taken the classic 70’s hard rock vibe and mixed
it in with true Scandinavian panache a made it their very
album has a darker refrain that most but this doesn’t
detract for the sheer splendour of this sophomore release.
album gets under way with ‘Stealing My Mind’, a big
hitting opener that is a dark as it is melodic in Daniel’s
vocals you feel a certain soulfulness that is the perfect
foil for this mood driven style of rock.
album continues it dark edge with ‘My Reflection’, again
Daniel’s vocals are the light shining out of the darkness,
and his soulful reprise carries on into the ‘No
Forgiveness’. Things take a heavier turn with
‘Master’ and almost step into the melodic rock with
‘Right Here’, before heading deep into the dark abyss
once more with ‘The Passing’
is some light amongst the dark with the excellent ‘Quest
for Life’, which is very Evergrey in it feel it, more
upbeat tempo really makes this out stand out from the crowd.
ballad ‘End of the Road’ is another track with a dark
vein running through it, but you can’t be drawn away from
those soulful tones of Daniel.
That Evergrey vibe is back with a vengeance with ‘Mountain’, before the album closes with complete change of tone with ‘the bonus track ‘Try’. All in all a much more complete album than their debut. Yes it is dark, but life isn’t a clean cut, feel good event. You have to embrace the darkside once and a while. You have to remember insanity and evil in various forms do raise their ugly heads from time to time, and The Soul Exchange take this as inspiration for what is a really solid album, that might take a few listens, but is well worth the effort.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Stealing My Mind
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