The band name, album title and album art for Relentless Souls seems like to could be spin off for The Lord of the Rings movies. The album is called Five Paths One Mission and look at that cover art. It looks like a movie poster. So many questions. What's the mission? Who are the five protagonists?
I wasn’t particularly surprised that the band plays metal/hard rock since it's the only genre to really embed the fantasy culture into the music. Ever since Spinal Tap the ties between mythology and distorted guitars has become synonymous.
The band starts off with “Fallen Down” and it was everything I was expecting. Palm muted guitars and lyrics that play into age old tropes. The vocalist Tyler Adams sings “You are the sole self-righteous, You wear your crown of thorns, You were the one to fight this, But you have lost the war.” It's a well-delivered song and well written. The band doesn't do much to differentiate from thousands upon thousands of metal bands that are climbing up the same tree.
The title track initially sounded like pop-punk to me but the band quickly reverts to standard metal criteria. Like the first song it's well delivered. The drummer was arguably going too nuts at times but it is catchy and is a solid metal song.
Up next is “A Broken Song” which is a slight departure. The song has softer, more subtle moments which was a good call. That being said it also rocks but less metal this time around. The band goes into ’80s metal direction with “A Different Life” which felt like a completely different band. The lyrics drop the mythology and is about a broken relationship.
Based on these four songs the band is still trying to figure out their sound and identity. The songs felt broad and not yet distinct enough to really establish a signature sound. The upside is they have technical talent and can write a song. If they can dig a little deeper and figure out how to differentiate themselves a bit more they should be onto something.
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