Opening Soldierfield’s debut ‘Catharsis’ album, ‘The Light’ carries lots of life and energy, reminiscent of ‘The Path’, which closes their debut EP, ‘Bury The Ones We Love’. Leigh Oates’s vocals are powerful, meaningful and sincere, with a very distinctive sound; well complemented by the stark, bold instrumentals, which storm straight into life with real intent.
‘Beautiful Lie’ holds a haunting sound within it; a good follow-up to the intro track, it holds its own well throughout.
‘The Only War’ – Great intro. A gentler feel, which leaves you anticipating the rest. This is a darker track, with lyrics to match. Easy to get carried away by the imagery it evokes.
‘Burn Bright’ – Strong intro. Demonstrates Leigh’s vocal dexterity. The chorus is extremely resonant, sung so passionately and unforgettable, once you’ve heard it. It hit me harder than any other part of the album and really got under my skin. This, for me, is the album’s strongest track. It stands out like nothing else.
‘Monochrome’ – Well-placed filler track. It has some good melodies and powerful lyrics and the band do maintain the strong momentum throughout.
‘Ghosts’ – Catchy chorus, with a decent melody. I’d have liked it to have been longer. The whole song carries an air of intrigue about it, which is a good strategy. It just seems to fade out just as it’s building momentum, which is disappointing, as it holds the potential for so much more. Though, maybe that fits with the point of its title, to be fair.
‘New Religion’ – Probably the strongest lyrics yet. I feel it’s the lyrics that really make this song and give it its strength. The instrumentals are very fitting for the lyrics and it closes in a very visual sense.
‘Catharsis’ – I love the title of this and feel it says it all. Catharsis is beautiful, sung in just the right tone and everything blends perfectly within this one. You can’t fail to feel this track. It’s definitely over far too early!
‘Nothing left’ – A fresher, more upbeat song, brimming with energy. Still dark lyrics, but carrying an altogether different feel, musically. I really like the sound of this and how it rolls along. Really well emphasised ending.
‘Cut the Ties’ – Ooh, loving the sounds of the seashore at the outset. A very definite feel of closure about this song, so it’s fitting that it’s the closing track. This is a very determined and eloquent performance. Some great guitar riffs and drum rolls in there. The band have elevated themselves high with this track. Fantastic work! Their potential for growth and success could easily be measured in this song alone. I love the rain at the end).
Overall, a very impressive piece of work, with some fabulous Gothic art work and a skill level that bodes well for the future. I’m giving it 8 stars.
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