Described on the press sheet accompanying the CD as 'swamp grinders', I find this to be a rather apt metaphor in describing Soilent Green's music. Previously signed to Relapse Records, 'Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction' marks their debut release for Metal Blade. Further progressing their deathgrind/sludge sound, the death passages are more ferociously effective, and the stoner-sludge elements are quintessentially more groovy in their execution. In fact, Soilent Green's death/stoner fusion works to perfection here, more so than on previous releases. This is aided by the skilled production of the seemingly ubiquitous Erik Rutan, providing Brian Patton a resonant guitar sound that is near-comparable to Dimebag Darrell's finer moments of groove-thrash riffing. Also worthy of note are the subtle complexities in the drumming of Tommy Buckley (also of Crowbar), accentuating the stoner groove moments, and death sections at all the right moments. Occasional flourishes of acoustic guitar such as at the beginning of tracks 'In the Same Breath' and 'Lovesick' lend the album further diversity, and add to the unpredictability of the listening experience. Overall, a solid release from a band going from strength to strength. Hugely impressive and highly recommended.
Metal Blade Records
INEVITABLE COLLAPSE IN THE PRESENCE OF CONVICTION
Review by Mark Holmes
21st April 2008
1) Mental Acupuncture
2) Blessed In The Arms Of Servitude
3) In The Same Breath
6) Rock Paper Scissors
7) Superstition Aimed At One's Skull
8) For Lack Of Perfect Words
9) When All Roads Lead To Rome
10) All This Good Intention Wasted In The Wake...
11) A Pale Horse And The Story Of The End
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"...Soilent Green's death/stoner fusion works to perfection here..."