"Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction" (Metal Blade; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Upon first listen, the overall sound of Soilent Green's new release is somewhere between death metal and grindcore . However, once I was able to sit down and really focus in, I realized that there was even more to this album. There are a number of down tuned parts squeezed in here and there, plus some mind-numbing heavy bits that remind me of mid-80s Celtic Frost for a few seconds. 

The vocals don't stay in the same throat-searing mode as many other bands because the vocals on occasion slip in some parts that are actually coherent (gasp!). There is also a plethora of riffs throughout this disc, but it's just that everything is flying and spinning so fast that it's a little difficult to soak everything in at first.

The song structures are tweaked just enough that they are a little different from the pack. I think the change here is that the structures are a little less rigid, but that slight change sets Soilent Green apart. 

Listening to this album reminds me of when I was like five and would go running down this steep hill behind my parent's house. Everything was going fast and, even though their wasn't a lot of control, it was just very exciting -- partially because of the energy and partially because you weren't sure exactly how it would end. Fortunately, this album is more enjoyable than skinning your knees or falling and whacking your head on the ground.

 "Inevitable Collapse" is a bit of a grower, but it's certainly entertaining enough to warrant additional plays. I think it will take most listeners a few plays before it strikes them that this album is more complex and more spectacular than it seems at first.

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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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