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Soilent Green sound exactly like what you would expect a band to sound like which has been through the troubles they have over their two-decade existence. Well documented troubles that have included two debilitating van accidents, the murder/suicide of an ex-member and death by Hurricane Katrina of another resulting in said band sounding angry, pissed off and very impatient. Not to say Soilent Green have ever been a band you'd have a picnic listening to but "Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction" is heavy, very heavy, rather akin to listening to the band's collective anger management sessions.
In the creation of their 5th album, SG blend fast periods of grind; riffs and tempos of a pure Doom nature; and a healthy dollop of Southern 'NOLA' feel, just as ever before really. Opener "Mental Acupuncture" sets the scene for the remaining 41 minutes as riff after riff is crammed in each piece at such a pace that little to none of them are ever given the time to fulfill their potential, which is a pity as interspersed among the chaos are some truly great riffs, both in the hard and slow categories 'Green inhabit. "For Lack Of Perfect Words" and "When All Roads Lead To Rome" typify such an approach, with a greater emphasis on slower tempos for periods of the song before you sense the band get bored of maintaining the same tempo for more than 5 seconds and hit the accelerator, bursting into classic Nasum and Napalm Death levels of grind intensity. With a heavy and audible bass sound weighing down the sound, Soilent Green achieve a brutality similar to the likes of Dying Fetus when they wish, just listen to "Antioxidant", though with greater groove and a mind-piercing guitar tone references to fellow 'NOLA' dwellers Down and Eyehategod are expected and fit as commendable pinpoints to the SG racket. Vocalist Ben Falgoust must also be recognised for his performance in ripping up his throat for a performance like this, sounding incredibly unmerciful in his straight ahead approach to Metal growling and shrieking, all in the name of dissolution with their external circumstances and the bad luck to have plagued the band thus far.
Apart from the odd moment of a pleasant country-sounding banjo to soothe the tinnitus and headache, "Inevitable..." never lets up the intensity. Commendable indeed but a greater development of key riffs within some songs, notably one towards the end of "Mental Acupuncture”, would go a long way to making the songs more hummable and longer lasting in the memory without skimping on the heaviness of the record. Despite that, Soilent Green have clearly found their style and they intend to stick with it, as to blend a number of disparate sub-genres as they do, smoothly, is no easy business.
Originally written for Rockfreaks.net