Yay more death metal, this time with a touch of black in it! A concept album about a futuristic war amongst all mankind none the less. Soul Remnants have existed for almost 15 years now, being formed in 2003, and Ouroboros is the bands third full-length release. The wait has been quite long between the releases but when they have unleashed their music upon mankind it’s always been brutal and freaking sweet. I have to note that their song “Dead Black (Heart of Ice)” appears in the video game Rock Band 4, which is quite cool as I played the first Rock Band loads and there was basically no death nor black metal on it.
Ouroboros starts off full-throttle pedal to the metal straight away with the opener Mechanical Synapse Modulations and the song is over before you know it, almost grindcore like. Follow it up you got Regurgitated and Consumed which slows down a bit, but in all honesty that’s a good thing. This track has a lot more flow to it, feels more like death metal and reminds me quite a bit about Deicide or Bloodbath. Speaking of Bloodbath the third track Depravity’s Lock is a perfect example on how they draw influences from both Swedish and American death metal. Ouroboros is already a bit funny at this stage to me, with each song it’s growing on me where the next song is better than the last. Even though that doesn’t keep up throughout the album it has to be said the second half of Ouroboros is better than the first. Depravity’s Lock remained being my favorite track but there are a lot of headbang worthy material in here and every song from Echoes of Insanity until the end I could also pick as my favorite.
I’d never heard of this band before today but Ouroboros is a solid release and I can’t wait to heard their two other albums to hear how they’ve evolved. This is good American death metal and I can understand how Soul Remnants have shared the stage with the likes of Nile, Revocation, Obituary and Suffocation. A nice surprise that I am sure you will like too.
Label: Entertainment One / LifeBlood inc.
For fans of: Bloodbath and Deicide
Favorite song: Depravity’s Lock