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Soil - Redefine 2004 J Records - Reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Pride
2. Redefine
3. Can You Heal Me
4. Cross My Heart
5. Suffering
6. Remember
7. Deny Me
8. Something Real
9. Say You Will
10. Love Hate Game
11. Obsession
Recently I was in a used music store and stumbled on the brand new album from Soil, entitled "Redefine". I have been reading alot of good things about the band so I took a chance. Big mistake.

Soil play what I like to call safe metal. They take into effect the current trends and society's ideals of what is popular and "hip", and do the exact thing that everyone else does. This is carbon copy metal, bringing to mind stale, mindless acts like Disturbed and Sevendust, combining the simple one finger riffs that sound very much like a washing machine, even going as far as simply looping the riffs, never mixing it up, instead just doing enough to get by here, with a heavy sound and a thoughtless attempt to write angry lyrics.

Vocalist Ryan McCombs is almost nonexistent, offering nothing new with his pathetic attempts to "jock-rock", instead offering up the tired, put away vocal stances of modern rock stadium acts like Nickelback, Three Doors Down (when McCombs slows it down), and Saliva, with plenty of sad, down on his luck vocal whines reminiscent of Seattle's grunge scene.

Songs like "Redefine" and "Suffering" bring to mind Alice In Chains (like so many other bands of this genre), while faster tracks like "Pride" and "Cross My Heart" one finger groove to the likes of Godsmack and Dope.

Not a lot of innovative stuff going on here, with "Redefine" doing absolutely nothing to improve the current hard rock scene here in the states. This is absolutely pathetic and I actually apologize for not telling enough in this review. There just isn't enough here to even justify reviewing it in my opinion.

--EC 04.21.04
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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