Soul Dissolution are a Belgian based band that play (Post- ) Black metal, with some orchestral elements weaved in. As they point out themselves, their music is much in the vein of bands like Alcest, Drudkh, some Wolves in the Throne Room. I like to categorize Black Metal as “earthly”, as it seems to have its source in nature and sounds very organic. The focus is not on sounding harsh and unreachable, but creating a sound that drags you in and lets you experience the emotions they are trying to convey.
When I received this album I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. Normally, when I review an album, I try to listen to it on as much different media as possible, as every device plays sounds differently, they can either be highlighted or muffled away, depending on the quality and room they are in. When I listened to this album on my headphones, I was blown away by the attention to detail there was in every track. Small differences in riffs, drum patterns that slightly shift over time. Just excellent.
I also like the incorporation of some clean vocals. Generally, I don’t like the combination of growls and cleans, but here they fit the package, as do the orchestral elements. This album has apparently been in the works for over 3 years, and it shows. It all clicks, and the ebb and flow of the album are just outstanding.
A shout-out as well to the cover art. I don’t know where this picture was taken, but the music has the EXACT same feel as the picture. The full package.
My favorite song is The Final Dissolution Part 1: Hatred Spawned from Longing. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick a favorite for this album. It’s one of these albums that are great as a whole, and should be listened to accordingly. But, if I had to choose, it would be this song. The way it starts off, the riff and drums merging to become an entity of total annihilation (that double bass), just perfect. If you weren’t sure if you’d like this or not, just check out this song and be converted to a believer. (YouTube video is the track from their demo album, couldn’t find the new one on YouTube, check bandcamp for the remastered)
As a close, this album is perfect for the shitty rainy nights that are ahead. The feeling of melancholy is overwhelming, and once you get sucked in, it’s hard to let go. Recommended!