"Soal" (Self-produced; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Soal is a Long Island based quartet whose rock'n'roll swagger is evident from the opening chords of the appropriately titled "Rockstar," yet there's more that this three track release offers. 

Soal gets a little funky on "Silent Freak" without sacrificing heaviness, and even goes epic on "Break the Day" with bursts of creative energy which keep the track from getting long-winded. Mixing the disjointed melodics of 36 Crazyfists and Deftones with a dark hard rock attack (a la Godsmack and Soil) Soal has all the ingredients to fit into today's rock broad and ever-changing landscape.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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