Soulstorm are a band from Ontario, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays an industrial form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 compilation album "Devils Music (Part One)" mostly covers and re-mix tracks.
A cover of Celtic Frost's "Return To The Eve" starts off the album and they add a different approach to the song by using more traditional death metal growling and industrial style beats and the solos and leads have more of a chaotic style while the riffs still remain true to the original version of the track and the spoken word parts give the song a ritualistic feeling.
On their version of Godflesh's "Cold World" they remain faithful to the original and also bring in clean singing vocals before going into Paradise Lost's "Eternal" which also sounds very identical to the original version, after that they bring in a cover of Swans "Stay Home" which they update for modern times and also add in death metal vocals.
On their version of Einstuerzende Neubaten's "Yu Gong" they add in heavy guitars and growls that where not present on the original version, before going into a version of Ministry's "Breathe" which sounds more modern than the original version and the death metal elements take the song into a different direction and there last cover is a more death metal orientated version of Pitchshifter's "Inflammator" before going into their original songs.
Spoken word samples start off the original songs along with some drum beats and powerful sounding bass guitars which also leads up to some death metal growls making their presence known in the music and the songs also bring in elements of industrial and dub as well as having a very tracks that are very long and epic in length while the solos and leads are very dark and distorted sounding and all of the songs also stick to a very slow musical direction and the last track also brings in elements of harsh noise.
With this recording Soulstorm devote the first half to the bands that have helped influence them over the years while the other half is original material that remains true to their industrial death metal style while also being very experimental at the same time, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover darkness and humanity themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Soulstorm an if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Return Of The Eve" "Stay Here" "Primal 2015" and "Pulp". 8 out of 10.