Release length: 52:32
The production quality to Arising of Lost Souls definitely carries a modern, digital trait to it. The guitars have a nice heaviness to them with varied lower to mid-range tuning that largely depends on the melody of the passage. The bass, however, remains a solid deeper tone that loud enough to be picked up on and make things a little deeper. The cymbals are pristine and clear with a strong, loud click to the bass kicks, while the snares are a little buried with a tighter snap much of the time. This is all met with a solid growl for the harsher areas, and a little out-of-place clean singing that works for what the band is going for, largely showing up in the chorus for a patterned approach.
But, despite that the album follows the rougher verse meets clean chorus concept many bands use today, Arising of Lost Souls is a very infectious recording. “Intro” is a bit bland, using echoed simpler guitar chords at a slow pace meant to be a bit depressing, pushing over a minute and a half in length before kicking into “Awakening of a New Era.” The pace is still somewhat slower, making for a better introduction all together, but eventually kicking into some faster, somewhat energetic melodic riffs that are typical for the style, as well as some growling with additional singing here and there. But, even being less than unique, it’s still extremely catchy, especially in the chorus when the leads become a little more intricate. The breakdown prior to the first also has a nice edge that works well enough, and some of the later bridges will easily have you bobbing your head along, especially when the harsher gang chants erupt behind it.
“Rewind the Time” is a highly infectious track that utilizes some additional Melodic Death Metal riffs in the main verses, but treads back into the Metalcore territory for the chorus. The clean singing perfectly suits that section too, and the lack of slower paced, emptier breakdowns works in its favor to keep the flow and energy alive from start to the more aggressive climax. This is easily one of the best the album has to offer, and clearly meant to be a fan favorite. The same can be said for “Revenge,” loaded with catchy melodic hooks throughout, especially in the chorus with a much stronger clean singing performance behind it that will make you want to sing right along to it, meshed nicely with additional growls here and there. The drumming really sticks out thanks to the faster double bass kick performance, though the guitar solo that hits later does seem to be a bit off rhythm at first. But, then you have a song like “Builder of Destruction,” which has a bit of a different beast all together. Once again, the pace is a little on the slower side, but it packs more of a commanding attitude behind the chorus, especially after the more complex breakdown that usually hits prior to it, while the main verses find an additional Melodic Death Metal touch to the riffs.
Unfortunately, some breakdowns can really seem long winded, and offer very little to the listener. “Society of Death” is a fantastic song overall with some catchy melodic leads that are a little more intricate than others, especially when it picks up around the two minute mark. But the breakdowns that hit are very barren and greatly hold the song down with how wide a gap they have between the guitars, something the growls and cymbal crash simply cannot fill themselves. Then there’s “Voices,” which, again, is a great song overall, but has a very simple and repetitive chorus that grows boring rather quickly, especially given the five minute plus length of the song. Finally there’s “A Perfect Memory,” which acts as an interlude to “War” through a slower, simpler passage that is meant to be moving through the music and clean singing. Unfortunately, neither really packs the emotion necessary to get the point across, similar to the aforementioned “Intro.” Fortunately, “War” is bled into from it, and does find a much stronger atmosphere overall that the interlude tried to capture.
Arising of Lost Souls is a truly surprising self-released Metalcore offering from Germany that seems to come out of nowhere. While it doesn’t reinvent the style, nor does it offer much outside the “scream verse, sing chorus” template, there’s no denying how many absolutely infectious tracks this album has. One spin through this release proves that it won’t be long until Out of Decay finds themselves signed to one of the big name labels in Metal today. If you’re a fan of this highly melodic brand of Metalcore, now is your chance to get in on the ground floor. Arising of Lost Souls is one independent release that really should be on the shelves of your Metal collection.
01. Intro – 1:28
02. Awakening of a New Era – 3:46
03. Society of Death – 4:58
04. Builder of Destruction – 4:57
05. Rewind the Time – 4:41
06. Voices – 5:14
07. Revenge – 5:27
08. A Perfect Memory – 4:37
09. War – 6:16
10. Dissipated Life – 5:52
11. Masquerade – 5:05
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10