Voice of the Soul’s “Into Oblivion”
Dec 27th 2011 Amer Alameddine Band/Album Reviews

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Melodic Death Metal has been loosing its touch in the Middle East seeing that a small number of bands are actually pursuing it. Nevertheless, Voice of the Soul managed to revive the genre in the region with their latest release “Into Oblivion”. Whether you’re already familiar with their older material, or simply looking for a worthy Extreme Metal release, this one certainly has what you’re looking for.

Into Oblivion contains five well-crafted originals, topped off with a cover of At the Gates’ famous track “Under a Serpent Sun”. It’s quite noticeable that the band has improved since their previous release “Eyes of Deceit”. The songs’ structure shows more creativity now; the riffs are heavier and more complex, the leads are smoother and more expressive, and the vocals convey a lot more power and aggression now.

One of the things that caught my attention was the intro of the opening track Immolation, which featured a wonderful piano line accompanied by a clean lead guitar after which the song shifts into the heavier part with a rawring low-tuned riff. Among all the tracks, this one was a perfect choice to start the EP with since it gives listeners a clear impression of the bands new sound and what to expect from the rest of the album.

Another song that really caught my attention was Cast Away in Betrayal, which offered a different feel than the other tracks with its more straight-forward structure, faster tempo, and clean breakdowns. Last but not least, the final track is really nice addition to the originals and is unarguably a good tribute one of the genre’s classic tracks.

All in all this release has so much to offer to fans of the genre, and Voice of the Soul are definitely a force to be reckoned with. It’s remarkable that a band based in Kuwait could pull this off in spite of all the difficulties in the region. It’s safe to say that these guys are heading in the right direction, and more is to be expected from them later on. The EP is available for free download here.

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  • CHUGGA

    chug, double bass, chug, double bass, pretentious orchestral part…. christ, how can you be so boring and get so much praise? only in lebmetal

  • Patrick

    I checked several reviews of the album and they have all been positive and encouraging.

    Amer’s review is no different than that, Chugga, but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, so thank you for yours.

  • CHUGGA

    no i dont think so…happened with benevolent too. so it must be one of 3 things :

    1. you have low standards
    2. you follow trends and base your opinion on others
    3. you’re doing the band a (big) favor

    which is it?

  • Patrick

    You don’t think so what? Check the reviews of this album – same goes for Benevolent’s Divided EP. Metality.net and Jorzine both praised these albums.

    I’ll go with 4 – None of the above, and I would love to see you submit a review, then you’ll learn the hard way that there are always people who’ll disagree with your ‘high standards’ and ‘musical taste’.

    You could have spared us this negativity and simply said you didn’t like the album.

  • CHUGGA

    well thanks you just proved my point for me. Metality and Jorzine are all about doing their middle eastern brothers a favor and promoting crap music with glowing reviews. pity lebmetal seems to follow suit

  • Patrick

    haha you’re just one of those folks that simply like to be negative about anything and everything …

    On a side note, LebMetal is not following anyone, you might have to check more reviews to understand that, and remember that we have several authors with different opinions and musical tastes, so any one of us can have a different opinion of an album, it’s one person’s opinion, not ‘LebMetal’ in general, i.e if you would submit a review of this album, it would be published under your name, but it’s not a review by “LebMetal”, so whatever opinion you may have of the album doesn’t reflect the website’s opinion as an entity, I hope that’s clear enough.

    Any further comments should be addressed to the post’s author Amer Alameddine or comment moderation will take place.

  • Chugga, you just proved that you have no idea of what you’re talking about. If you read previous reviews regarding local bands and events here, you’ll see that everything worth noting is mentioned whether good or bad. The way I see it, this album deserved a good review, and a lot of people would agree. I see no reason for you to blurt out random nonsense about websites trying to promote bad music just because you disagree with their reviews.