SOUL EXCHANGE - BLOODBOUND
Soul Exchange wins this year’s award for the most deceitful imagery. The band’s monicker, the album title, songs called Son Of Darkness, Date With The Devil and Torn To Pieces, the spherical ‘soul’ on the cover and indeed the black motif and design of the album had this reviewer ready for something akin to Deicide to flood out of the speakers. Well, instead of Sacrificial Suicide one gets a soulful mixture of hard and soft rock.
The disc’s first track is City Of The Ripper, which is the Swedes’ narration of the thoughts of Jack The Ripper. This song establishes the band’s sounds, emotional and mid to slow-paced delivery alongside vocal harmonies. Life Eternal is still dark, but in contrast nods to Alice Cooper. “I will take you from your grave,” sings Daniel John. Passenger Of Pain offers some music and vocals reminiscent of the softer moments of Threshold. The aforementioned Son Of Darkness produces even more of the vocalist’s silky voice, while Hangin’ On bears a clear comparison to Living Color. This is a full-length and is well produced in all aspects.
With all that said and referring back to the first paragraph one still has to question whether Soul Exchange is putting us on. The band’s website is at www.soulexchangeofficial.com. – Ali “The Metallian”