"Soul for Sale" (Hellas; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Soulcage's "Soul for Sale" sounds like a slightly less produced version of HIM. The band's photos show them in leather and chains with tats everywhere but the music isn't heavy metal. It's more of an alternative sound, like HIM is.

"Soul for Sale" is hard rock with a smoother feel, like Kiss's "Crazy Nights" CD. It never reaches the Bon Jovi level of radio's friendliness -- it's newer, fresher edge sees to that -- but it's still commercially viable hard rock. It's a nice balance.

The first track, a cover of the classic "Send in the Clowns," sets the stage for what's to come and then along comes a song like "Satellite Children," which is a pure ballad, so there's some nice variety here as well.

Certainly entertaining enough, "Soul for Sale" is perfect for those looking for a little more melody, without losing edginess, in their music.

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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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