September 28, 2022

SOiL – Play It Forward – Review

Label: Cleopatra Records

Released: August 26, 2022

Genre: Hard Rock


Adam Zadel – guitars, backing vocals,
Tim King – bass, backing vocals,
Ryan McCombs – lead vocals,
TJ Taylor – drums,

Track list

1. Execute a dream
2. Thunder Kiss ’65
3. Nightmare
4. No Voice in the Sky
5. Break your fingers Break your neck
6. Adjustable wrench
7. What it looks like
8. I want to be sedated
9. Rockin’ in the free world
10. Unknown
11. Black Betty

Hard-hitting rock quartet from Chicago, SOiL, are well into their third decade of their incredible musical career. Starting with their first major label hit album, 2001’s “Scars,” which included two monster hit singles, “Halo” and “Unreal,” SOiL have maintained a devout following by focusing on what they do. best, writing and playing some of the most visceral and melodic rock by any modern band on the scene!

Now these veterans are giving their fans a special treat – a new studio album, titled ‘Play It Forward’, featuring some of the songs that have inspired them over the years. Neil Young’s anthem “Rockin’ In The Free World” should be covered by all bands because it’s an undeniable classic. The Foo Fighters’ “Monkey Wrench,” in honor of drummer Taylor Hawkins, is also a great reminder of who and what the Foos were back then before they became the stadium-wrecking beasts of the past. years. Covers of tracks by White Zombie, The Ramones, Leadbelly and most importantly to me, Motörhead’s “No Voices In The Sky” from their brilliant and criminally underrated “1916” prove this is a collection carefully researched songs.

Check out this version of Halsey’s “Nightmare” if you want more proof, a track I personally never thought I’d write a review about!

According to SOiL bassist Tim King, the band’s label, Cleopatra Records, approached them with the idea of ​​recording a covers album. Considering they had only really covered ‘Black Betty’, one of the ‘if all else fails…. recording this one of the classics that everyone seems to choose, it’s clear that SOiL really isn’t known for recording other artists’ songs.

The end result is a less direct copy of the original but a variation intact enough to remind us why the original was good enough to warrant a redesign. The album, like all cover albums, will split the fanbase and be a curio for the wider music-buying audience. This is also why the band had to stay a bit in the middle of the road with some songs, ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ and the aforementioned ‘Black Betty’ being classic examples. For me though and for the global audience of fans who adored Lemmy and Co. and rightly so, the inclusion of a Motörhead song that isn’t “Ace Of Spades” is the left field move that could easily win. the part for the group. The biggest moment of disbelief for me is that the original came out over 30 years ago… now I feel very old.

The cover of the Neil Young classic is a great example of a band showing fans of the original and fans of the band how two styles can come together, with the final version truly Rockin’ in SOiL’s World. Check out the audio below:

Depending on your take on cover albums, you’ll love it or hate it. Personally, I’m sold and it’s entirely due to the improbable choices made by the band. Obvious covers draw me in, unexpected ones keep me hooked. I will take this combo any day.

‘Play It Forward’ will be released across all formats on August 26, 2022. Two album designs have been created for the release: a ‘cassette’ design which will be used for the CD packaging and a ‘skeleton’ design which will be used for the first vinyl pressing. A second vinyl pressing with the artwork of the “cassette” will be released in September.

Rating 8/10

Reviewed by: Adrian Hextall

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