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Soilent Green: Confrontation

Fans of Pantera, Mastodon, Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Black Sabbath, will feast over the kick-ass mix of doomy sludge, hardcore, technical metal, and Southern Rock on the latest from Soilent Green called Confrontation. This band of upstarts from New Orleans pummel the listener from all angles with an album of immense power and equally monolithic sounds. Huge guitar riffs that twist and turn, manic drum work, and the raging screams of Ben Falgoust make up the sonic attack of Soilent Green. The production of Eric Rutan is superb here, and he was able to get a mammoth guitar sound out of Brian Patton, especially on songs like "Pretty Smiles and Shattered Teeth" and "Theory of Pride in Tragedy", two relentless pieces that combine doomy heaviness with hardcore attitude. Falgoust has a commanding voice, that is easily understood despite the aggressive nature of his vocals, and he spews out his venom over the crunchy guitar work of Patton much like a young Anselmo & Dimebag did in Pantera many years ago. "They Lie to Hide the Truth" has some tremendously groovy & technical riffs that owe as much to Dimebag as it does to Tony Iommi, giving it a Pantera meets Sabbath vibe with acrobatic and blazing drum fills. For the Southern Rock and blues fans, there are a few short little ditties sprinkled around the CD that really give you the flavor of New Orleans. They add a nice breather from the huge metal sounds that permeate the rest of the album.

Confrontation is easily one of the best extreme metal albums of the year, and represents a band that is really finding their niche and is starting to hit their peak. Check it out and feel the power of Soilent Green.

Track Listing
1. Scarlet Sunrise
2. Leaves of Three
3. Scream Trapped Under Water
4. Forgive & Regret
5. 12 Oz. Prophet
6. Southern Spirit Suite
7. Pretty Smiles & Shattered Teeth
8. Liquor & Cigarettes
9. Theory of Pride in Tragedy
10. Fingernails on a Chalkboard
11. Paper Cut
12. They Lie to Hide the Truth
13. Another Cheap Brand of Luck
14. This Glass House of Broken Words
15. Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem

Added: September 8th 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Soilent Green Website
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Language: english

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