David Mitchell (guitars), Michael Thompson (guitars), Aidan Hood (bass) and Tim Eaton (drums) are Soultoker. They hail from Australia and recently released a three-song EP entitled Enkindled. They play instrumental metal and can bare comparisons to bands like Mastodon, Isis and even Black Sabbath. The instrumentation and approach is pretty straightforward and the band keeps it simple relying on distorted guitars, crashing drums and a steady bass.
I enjoyed this EP but there are two issues I had so let's get that out of the way. The most important being that the band gets out of the pocket from time to time. There are noticeable moments where the band is off by a eighth note or more with each other. There is obviously nothing wrong with changing the BPM but it needs to happen as one.
The production and recording quality will need improvement at some point. In particular the low-end was hard to feel even with a subwoofer. The bass drum needs a lot of boost with 60 - 80 hz and the bass needed some more presence in the mid and low range.
If they can rectify those two issues they should be in a very good place. They open with “Consumed by Decay” which by no means is a bore. There are a good amount of transitions that will keep you engaged. The guitarists provides the main focal melodies. I thought they worked really well together.
“In Neutral” certainly had its moments but I thought that the epic centerpiece c was the main attraction. The song is a dynamic roller coaster ride and there are moments around the six- and eight-minute mark where they rock out hard. “Harbinger of Doom” is dense and full on engaging transitions.
Soultoker shows some potential with this EP. Although it's rough around the edges there are some solid ideas they can clearly build upon.
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