Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Review)

Solium Fatalis - Genetically Engineered to EnslaveThis is the fourth album from Solium Fatalis, a US death metal band.

Here we have 43 minutes of tasty and aggressive melodic blackened death metal. That may be a bit of a mouthful to say, but the music of Solium Fatalis rolls freely from the speakers and is quite easy to enjoy.

The vocals largely consist of a hybrid roar that’s a cross between a shout, a growl, and a scream. Whatever it is, it sounds quite ferocious. There’s also some guest vocalists that make appearances here and there, including the singers of Cryptopsy and First Fragment.

The music is melodic and has a blackened sheen, while still retaining the core of punishing rage that characterises this form of fiery death metal. It’s brutal and modern, but without being overly so. The band’s melodic veneer has bite, and both this and the blackened aspect of the music allows Solium Fatalis to do things that a purely death metal band couldn’t, which is essentially where they get the keen emotive edge from that enhances their music.

As a whole Genetically Engineered to Enslave has a decent amount of hooks to ensnare the listener by, and the songs are quite catchy in places. None of the tracks outstay their welcome, and if you’re a fan of this style of sharp, melodic extremity, then this is an album that should suit your temperament. There’s a fair amount of diversity on offer here too, within the style’s framework.

With good musicianship, a solid production, and enjoyable songwriting, there’s a lot on Solium Fatalis’ fourth album to be commended.

Recommended for fans of At the Gates, Kataklysm, The Black Dahlia Murder, Alterbeast, etc.

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