SOILENT GREEN - CONFRONTATION - RELAPSE
Soilent Green is back with a full-length album after a forced hiatus and one has to admit that the band has sharpened its focus and raised the level of its Celtic Frost-based death/sludge metal to a respectable level. The music takes advantage of a heavy distortion to challenge conventional listening, while the singer boils his anger into the microphone, recording console and your speakers. Check out these titles: A Scream Trapped Underwater, Forgive & Regret, Fingernails On A Chalkboard and This Glass House Of Broken Words. These are not titles from a band which plans on playing nice. Another Cheap Brand Of Luck might be a weaker song, but it is surely in the minority. Confrontation is well-recorded, well-played and ill-intended. That's good stuff! - Anna Tergel
SOILENT GREEN - INEVITABLE COLLAPSE IN THE PRESENCE OF CONVICTION - METAL BLADE
The music of Soilent Green is often said to be sludgy, doomy and anarchic. With Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction the band has all that and a lot more. The Metal Blade release is not one that the band has played safe with and with which expresses the obvious. While the powerful explosion of metal, mud and mania runs through every song listen carefully and the album will provide a lot more than the norm - admittedly a paradox for this type of music in itself.
From the country-tinged acoustic beginning of In The Same Breath to the blasting atomic blast of When All Roads Lead To Rome this disc incorporates Led Zeppelin riffs that have gone ballistic, doom that has erupted in anger and everything possible under the category of anger mismanagement. The title itself and much of the associated lyrics tell a similar test. The drummer is restless, the guitar riffs are circular, delightfully wild and unconventional, while the bass pumps grooves as loudly and Sabbathy as one would expect from an album within the sub-genre. This is an angry album voiced by a raspy and clearly unselfish L. Ben Falgoust who, if he believes half the lyrics he spews, is obviously both angry beyond measure and can leap like the cover character without being subjected to gravity.
An impressive album especially given how the style is not this writers’ favourite. - Ali “The Metallian”