was originally formed in 1997 by members of death metal acts Broken Hope
and Oppressor as a side project to their other band. SOiL's first three
releases, 'SOiL' (EP), 'El Chupacabra' (EP) and their debut album
'Throttle Junkies', failed to break the band into the mainstream.
It was around this time that all the members of SOiL left their other
bands to focus on SOiL as their main project.
A lot has happened to the band since their inception four albums under their belts changes in personnel and label changes.
like most bands these days the band have taken these changes on the chin
and after signing to AFM Records the band are back with a new album
‘Picture Perfect’ and again the name of SOiL is sure to bring back
the success the band had around 2001 with their phenomenal single
'Halo', which seemed to be on constant repeat in the rock clubs around
the country at the time.
what about the new album I hear you say, well the band are certainly
back with a bang, this album is top notch modern metal and as angst
filled as bear with a hangover.
main focus of the album has to be the vocals of A.J. Cavalier who mixes
passion with anger as a cook mixes flour with eggs, both resulting in a
is felt from the opening barrage of ‘Tear’ and the rather excellent
‘Lesser Man’, with the latter being one of my personnel favourites
off the album. Both deliver more punch that a gold bar in the
the band are more than hardened rockers as they do show a more melodic
side as the title track ‘Picture Perfect’ and the fantastic
‘Surrounded’, both songs showing what a class vocal talent Cavalier
is. He can really push the envelope when it comes to the heavier
stuff but when things slow down he’s just as powerful but retains more
melody in his vocal and comes across as a rough assed Chad Kroeger.
full on rock with ‘Wasted’ and the thumping ‘Every Moment’, then
we return with the Creed like ‘Anymore’, but the likes of
‘Falter’ and ‘To Far Away’ that will blow you away. Two
very similar tracks and both equally superb. And the great tracks just
keep on coming as the album comes to a close with ‘Calling Out’, the
heavily veined ‘Temptation’ and finally the excellent ‘Last
The album will surprise a few people who have set thoughts on this type of band, as the album shows the next stage in SOiL’s development as a band and will surely give the band the big success they deserve.
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