By Nathalie Phan
The many shades of lead man Zach Black can be found behind the curtains of his newest project, Souls Extolled. Through this roller coaster of a journey, Black rips through a number of songs with high energy, smooth vocals, and instrumental harmony. Resulting from the chaotic cacophony is their debut album Follow the Ghosts.
In one of my favorite tracks titled "Mutations Sake," the song starts with ambience and masterful lyricism: "From way up high, looking down at the ground / You can feel the gravity pulling me down / Tripping through the mission just a vision away / Hopin' for the wisdom of another day." Like some of the other tracks on the album, the song eventually breaks down into an epic release of energy before returning to its original slow prowl.
In another track titled "Garden of Eden," Black sets up for the perfect retelling of Adam and Eve's creation story. Dark but with a slight levity from the guitar picking up in the chorus, the bass creeps throughout, adding a quick slapping funkiness to the song.
Lastly, the most provocative song in the whole bunch might be "Touch Me (F**k Me)." Black burns through his guitar like a hot knife through butter but soothes it momentarily through pieces of the song before returning it to an angry blaze down the neck of his guitar. The drums beat down just as heavily and rapidly, competing for moments to breath with the lead guitar parts.
Overall, the project, from top to bottom, is a made of fantastic and angry but sensational compositions. Weaved in are interesting and well thought out lyrics.
Stream Souls Extolled's Follow the Ghosts everywhere.
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