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Simeon Soul Charger: Meet Me In The Afterlife

After releasing two EPs over the last couple of years, Ohio four piece Simeon Soul Charger have finally put together their debut full length album, Meet Me In The Afterlife, which is the first non RPWL related release to be put out by that band's new Gentle Art Of Music label. The album title may make this album appear to be all doom and gloom, or stoner and metal, however in actual fact what SSC have put together here is an interesting mixture of classic rock (ala Zeppelin), progressive song structures, stoner fuzz and a huge dollop of The Beatles from around The White Album. Initially that blend makes for some tough listening, with the at times wandering themes leaving as much confusion as clarification. Live with the album for a little while though and things do start to make sense, persevere further and the rewards become all too apparent.

The diversity between the songs on Meet Me In The Afterlife may be just a little too much of a leap of faith for some, however the big thick riffs and gently layered vocals of "And He Skinned Them Both" is a great example of how to bring all of what SCC have together in one coherent outburst. Wailing feedback gives way to a huge riff that Kyuss would be proud of before a quirky verse offers a more psychedelic, but equally heavy slant. Then a sledgehammer of Page like guitars leads into another stoner riff and all the way through the vocals are a constant reminder of The Beatles! I know, I know, that all sounds just too convoluted to work, but make no mistake, Simeon Soul Charger have the ability to make this eight minutes of unrelated music come together seamlessly. All these ideas continue to appear throughout the album, although not always jammed into each and every song. "Please" has the thump and twang of bluegrass, "Europa's Garden" is pure Masters Of Reality riffs, catchy choruses and wonderful vocals, while the closing trio of "A Child's Prayer", "Dear Mother" and "The Swallowing Mouth" really do show that SSC spent far too much time listening to psychedelic era Beatles.

Classy, sassy, clever and intricate, as debuts go Meet Me In The Afterlife is a bold and confident statement from a band that would appear destined for big things.


Track Listing
1. Vedanta (The Nothing)
2. God Lends A Hand
3. Through The Trees They Talk
4. Tooth
5. And He Skinned Them Both
6. Please
7. Europa's Garden
8. Europa's Garden Reprise
9. Into The Afterlife
10. Song Of The Sphinx
11. A Child's Prayer
12. Dear Mother
13. The Swallowing Mouth

Added: February 26th 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Simeon Soul Charger Official Web Site
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Simeon Soul Charger: Meet Me In The Afterlife
Posted by Lisa Fraggos on 2011-03-31 21:01:14
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Simeon Soul Charger is a new and refreshing band that will charge anyone's soul full of life! For all who are wondering where all the good music is...well here it is with more to come! They are truly an inspiration! With Aarons amazing and unique voice and lyrics, Ricks "out of this world" guitar playing, Joe's tribal drumming, and Spider's deeply soulful bass playing; this band is guaranteed to take your imagination to new heights.




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