Soilent Green


Pussysoul

Soilent Green - Pussysoul ©1993 Dwell Records
1. Thirteen Days A Weak
2. Slapfuck
3. Falling From A 65 Story Building
4. Lips As So Of Blood
5. The Wrong Of Way
6. Needlescrape
7. Zebra Zombies
8. Keep Crawling
9. Twitch Of An Eye
10. Golfers Just Love Punishment
11. Love None
12. Branding Of Thieves

Not to be confused with the Seattle grunge band. Right. Not likely. Soilent Green are the obscene offspring of dry-throated hardcore and traditional American gutter-dwelling death metal. They've even thrown in some black metalesque vocal stylings for the sake of confusion's accretion. From a technical perspective, this is a decidedly impressive musical wreckage. Pussysoul taps into all veins of the heavy music spectrum, finding Grief and Deadguy as much as Benediction and Marduk; it is, ultimately an unstructured, underproduced, gnawing musical affair. Yet, as seductive as this may sound, given the band's, repertoire the album in its entirety is surprisingly limited and bereft of the all-important sense of "just knowing when to quit" which tends to elude the noxious majority of extreme metal's inhabitants. But yeah, there's always the song titles: "Falling From a 65 Story Building", "Golfers Just Love Punishment", "Needlescrape" and the album's moniker, which is, of course, priceless.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 11/1998

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A String Of Lies EP

Soilent Green - A String Of Lies EP ©1998 Relapse
1. Sewn Mouth Secrets
2. Cat With Nine Claws
3. Felt Nothing

Someone snuck this into my CD player and as a result I was subjected to a twelve minute equivalent of a sledgehammer being whacked onto my toes. This, kids, is brutality. We're talking soaked gasoline, matches and hooks under your thumbnails. Soilent Green (who has connections to bands such as eyehategod, so that should give you an idea of where they stand on the musical pecking order) is one of those bands that don't necessarily appeal to a wide crossrange of listeners; however, for those into this grind/sludge destructive genre populated by the likes of Brutal Truth, Soilent Green is quite decent. Rather than hit you with an all-out assault of noise, S.G. likes to sneak in neat little guitar grooves that sneak up like a gas bubble in a swamp. Singer Ben Falgoust screeches, grunts, and howls his way through the muck while the band shifts gears and grooves like a machine. While this isn't the type of thing I put on unless I'm really pissed at my boss, those into this genre should check out this little EP.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/1998


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Sewn Mouth Secrets

Soilent Green - Sewn Mouth Secrets ©1998 Relapse
1. It Was Just An Accident
2. So Hatred
3. Build Fear
4. Looking Through Nails
5. Breed In Weakness
6. Cold-steel Kiss
7. Openless
8. Her Unsober Ways
9. Sewn Mouth Secrets
10. Walk A Year In My Mind
11. Gagged Whore
12. Emptiness Found
13. Sticks And Stones

Judging by the lyrics here, someone in this band has some issues to deal with. Dr. Freud, can you be exumed immediately please? Littered with ripe references to rape, violence, and other cybernanny-unfriendly topics, it would only take a few minutes of your afternoon to be properly disturbed by the imagery presented here. Oh, and if that doesn't do the trick, play the CD. Soilent Green is aptly fitting the vacancy created by the oft-missing eyehategod with their brand of sludgey Sabbath gone sour in the fridge. With riffs as heavy as rotting elephant meat and vocals that redefine "sore throat", this brand of music has limited appeal but for those who can deal with it, is well done. Whereas the brevity of their EP A String of Lies allowed the band to pull a sucker punch and leave before you could recover, the full length can be exceptionally exhaustive. I can listen to any three of these tracks and enjoy the vicious onslaught. But hoo-boy! The entire forty-five minutes? Too terrifying to contemplate.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1998

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A Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down

Soilent Green - A Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down ©2001 Relapse
1. Hand Me Downs
2. A Grown Man
3. Swallowhole
4. Afterthought Of A Genius
5. An Addicts' Lover
6. Later Days
7. Clockwork Of Innocence
8. Daydreaming The Color Of Blood
9. Last One In The Noose
10. She Cheated On You Twice

Like a sophisticated socialite who knows his place in the order of things, Soilent Green makes a quick appearance and do not overstay their welcome with their new album, A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down. Although it has been awhile since their last album, Sewn Mouth Secrets, Soilent Green offers their fans only a quick, half-hour foray into their demented, terrifying world of sludgecore gone bad. As with previous releases, A Deleted Symphony is a blunt knife through your eardrum, except that this band has gotten considerably tighter and trim over the past three years. Still offering a sound that is part Louisiana sludge, part Black Sabbath and a whole dose of bipolar song structures, this release goes for the jugular, latches on and never lets go. The rhythms jerk about, stop on a dime, pick that dime up and fling it at your head all in the course of a few moments. The band is entirely locked into one another while vocalist Ben Falgoust rants in various throat lacerations and thus offers more proof he's a bit loony. The ten songs are somewhat similar in approach, making the end result a bit claustrophobic, but only if you're timid like myself. Soilent Green may not be pretty and this is the sort of thing that may paint the band into a corner, but those who love the vicious swamp sludge and crust of the south should definitely pick this one up.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2001

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