Review: Solus Deus - The Bloodtrail
- Artist: Solus Deus
- Album: The Bloodtrail
- Record label: Independent
- Release date: September 8, 2014
- Track listing:
- "Thug Metal"
- "Survival of a Warrior"
- "Punishment" (Feat. TJ Frost of The Elite)
- "Horror of Nothingness"
- "Ride or Die"
- "The Bloodtrail"
The EP starts out with the song, "Thug Metal", which is how they describe their sound. "Metal, with just enough Thug", says the band. The song has a lot of turntables in the song, but I'm unsure who plays them. My bet would be Guitarist Rocky Gray, who has played in every band ever (Soul Embraced, Living Sacrifice, Evanescence) and who can play any instrument.
"Survival of a Warrior" is a fast paced song. As a drummer myself, I say it's near impossible to play what Drummer Austin D'Amond played. So props D'Amond!
"Punishment" was the first song I ever heard from SD. "I want you to suffer! Feel the Pain!" The song also features TJ Frost of The Elite (which D'Amond also plays in) The song is a brutal punch in the face, and then getting kneed in the stomach. That may not sound appealing, but I think it's one of the best songs on here. (There are no bad songs on this EP!)
"Horror of Nothingness" is a brutal song. It has a double bass intro and an amazing breakdown and solo. Their music video for the song was... gory to say the least. I'm not a fan of zombies or gore, but I'm sure that people that read this might like it.
"Ride or Die" is interesting for it's two handed hi-hat cymbal playing. This is the song where I heard snare/ride/bass extremely fast playing all at once. It's brutal. "I want my, I need my, I got my, RIDE OR DIE!" The song is talking about marriage. You ride all the way through, or else! (They may also be saying if you listened to the song and didn't like it... well you get the picture)
And finally the title track, "The Bloodtrail". I figured out most of the lyrics all by myself as they have not released (to my knowledge) any lyrics yet. The song has a kinda biblical message. Kinda. "sins have been purified by the cleansing, death has been purified by the cleansing" It also says "I am the evil that haunts you!, I am the horror that kills you!", which if you think about it, It might have the same meaning as Impending Doom's song "Murderer".
Sounds Like: Living Sacrifice, As They Sleep, Soul Embraced
- Jey Collins - Vocals (Once to Die)
- Rocky Gray - Lead Guitar (Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced, many more)
- Wayne Miller - Rhythm Guitar (Bleed the Sky)
- Tony Ailleo - Bass
- Austin D'Amond - Drums (Bleed the sky, Chimaria, The Elite)
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