The next review from my physical pile now. Souls For Sale are a heavy band from Bielefeld in Germany. They released Scavengers on various formats in 2013 with the help of Wooaaargh Records, Puzzle Records and Olympus Mons Records. They've been busy playing shows recently with the fast rising Depravation and are due to play with Bane in August! They've also just finished recording 8 new tracks, which will see the light of day at some point I'm sure.
1. The Great Deluge
2. Walking On Pain Street
3. Scavengers In Suits
5. The King Of Kong
6. The Circus Is In Town
8. The Libya Gundown Incident
9. Dead Men Tell No Tales
10. Acquainted Black
The first thing I noticed about Souls For Sale, even before I listened to Scavengers, was their knack for a good song title. I mean The King Of Kong is classic and god only knows what Fromselflootingtoanassualtdrivenapproachofbreakingfree could be about! Anyway….moving on. Scavengers starts with The Great Deluge, which is an intro featuring brooding guitar and building guitar feedback/dissonance. In my opinion, it goes on for a little longer than it needs to, but that’s by-the-by. Walking On Pain Street is where Scavengers really kicks off, with plenty of noisy, grinding hardcore. Middle-class, pretty boy hardcore this ain’t. It’s all angry screams, punk-laden riffs and screaming leads.
Acquainted Black is mightily heavy, in a clever way. It’s not all fire and brimstone, instead Souls For Sale put big guitars alongside blackened-hardcore screams that sit behind them. This makes the sound stage pretty much at the heaviest it has been on the album. It leads to closer Almeria, which is strikingly good. The well-thought out melodic guitar that accompanies the paired back instrumentation takes Scavengers in another direction and shows a different to the band. In an album of twists and turns, it’s an extremely pleasing moment from a band that are very at home experimenting. They’ve definitely got the musical chops to go higher and reach wider audiences.
You can stream and download Scavengers here and you can buy LP, tape and CD versions of it from the page too:-
Souls For Sale Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/soulsforsale
Olympus Mons Records Discogs page - http://www.discogs.com/label/499521-Olympus-Mons-Records
Puzzle Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Puzzle-Records
Wooaaargh Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WOOAAARGH