I’ve been waiting for this one. Soul Control is a newer hardcore band with influences that reach back to 90′s bands like Burn and Quicksand. An intense live show and backing from Rivalry Records should tell you this band is worth checking out. If that’s not enough, their eleven-track Involution will do the talking. Included are a batch of new songs, songs from their split with I Rise, and the original four song demo.
“I Struggle” is the demo song that once introduced me to the band. Something about eerie drawn out notes building into a brief heavy payoff just did it for me. The vocals are closely reminiscent of Burn, their presence is fully commanding. It’s a pleasure to say the five brand new songs exhibit signs of progression. Songs stay punctual (majority are just over a minute), but are driving, laced with groove, and consistently have smart vocal patterns. No qualms with the recording quality, either. “Involution” and “Mindwalking” breed a sharp melodic sense that wasn’t completely developed in the band’s early stages.
Picking excerpts of Soul Control’s lyrics was a daunting task because they’re all so damn interesting. The over sung hardcore topics are ignored as philosophical matters reign supreme. Burn once declared, “This depression is haunting me,” and these pick up where that left off:
“I’m on a mindwalk through outer space because I’ve come to realize that I don’t quite like this place / And in this altered state / I don’t understand / Is this all just a creation of imagination?”
“And for the soul that struggles to know his greatest enemy / Step outside yourself and look within yourself.”
Heavy, melodic, thoughtful, what’s not to like about this? Don’t ask me.