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Weird Thrash - 55%

DanielG06, February 23rd, 2021

Soothsayer is one of the lesser known thrash acts I've come across, which usually means one of two things: they're an underrated goldmine who were just unlucky, or they are one of the almost infinite mediocre thrash bands who's music is the audio equivalent of watching paint dry. Soothsayer is an anomaly, as they don't really fit on either end of the spectrum. This band is super weird; not bad or annoying, but not weird in a unique or impressive way, either. Most of the riffs on this album are extremely fast, and have an unusual rhythm, which at times sounds cool but at other times just sounds out of time. Take the song "Dig", for example, about 2/3 of the way in, the tempo gets kicked up, but the delivery of the riffs sound super messy and almost completely ruin the flow. Some tracks, such as E.T. are just horrible, they play way too fast and end up sacrificing the substance of the song, but other tracks such as BuzzFly and 101 are slower and much more sonically adequate, Therefore, I think it's safe to say that this record is a mixed bag, as these sudden drops and spikes between steady gallops and awkwardly fast sections make the runtime a bit uneven, and it takes a while to adjust to the blistering speed of songs like Pimple Sprayer and Changes, the latter of which actually has numerous catchy riffs, so you know what I mean when I say the songs are fairly uneven. Despite the choppy and unpredictable structures, some of the songs just sound way too similar, almost blending together into one track.

The production is average, but it varies from song to song. Go Team Go and E.T. are virtually unlistenable, whereas the rest of the album sounds fine, in particular the first track, Free Violence, which is another example of the weird showcase of riffs on this record. Rock N' Roll Forever is an obnoxious, irritating outro that serves no purpose, and is essentially one annoying riff played for a minute. The vocals are meh, while the classic thrash sound is in full force as the vocalist sounds deranged and high-pitched (kind of) he has a certain level of craziness in his voice that reminds me of Cryptic Slaughter, although he doesn't pull it off as well. The drums are mental, the beats seem to be either fast and tight or fast and horrendously sloppy, it's also noticeable that the drummer uses way to many fills, looking back at Pimple Sprayer, he does maybe a fill every 2 bars, which is way too many, and nearly ruins the otherwise catchy riff.

I can't really recommend this album, it's very divisive and although it contains some strong musical ideas, none of the songs really catch me.