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Thalamus - Soul

by Vasilis Odontidis at 04 February 2013, 5:10 PM

It was a cold and dark November of 2011 when I first entered the gates of Metal Temple. The time has come to me to pick my first two albums for review. It was since that day one that while I was picking albums at random, somehow the majority of them were from Sweden. One of those two was THALAMUS with their previous album “Subterfuge”. Fast forward one year and some months after and here we are again with THALAMUS and their third album “Soul”. Musically “Soul” is a continuation of their established 70s hard rock music - but have they gotten any better since their last effort? You will find out soon.

“Soul” is a twelve track one hour long album. The band keeps in the path of hard rock with intense riffing, melodic vocals and a Hammond flavor all over the tracks. Compared to the previous record THALAMUS have favored heavier songs - which is good since they have improved their songwriting skills. They also kept song titles that are cheesy like “The Death of The Last Mermaid” or “Follow the White Rabbit” but again compared to the previous album there is a great improvement in the lyrics direction. “Soul” is full of heavy rock songs like the opener “This House is Going Down on Fire”, “In my Hour of Dying” or “Whenever I Fall”. But the true essence of the record, the most mature one and the most emotional song is “Marooned In Space”. A total surprise for me as this is the most obvious sign that the band has developed as composers. Unbelievable atmosphere, majestic composition and a tremendous performance by Kjell Bergendahl.

“Soul” is a solid step ahead for THALAMUS. An album that shows that the band is getting tighter; the compositions seem more developed and eventually seems to have grown in every aspect. The production is again professional and works in favor of the songs. The band is delivering a great performance but again I have to pick Bergendahl emotional performance and my love for the Hammond organ that fits again so greatly in the songs. Go and check “Soul” especially if you love 70s Hard Rock.

4 Star Rating

1. This House Is Going Down in Fire
2. The Great Divorce
3. Caveman's Crib
4. Eleven Maids
5. Soul
6. In My Hour of Dying
7. Marooned in Space
8. Whenever I Fall
9. Just Like Robert Johnson
10. The Death of the Last Mermaid
11. Follow the White Rabbit
12. Where the Roses Never Fade
Kjell Bergendahl - Guitar, Vocals
Peter Johansson - Bass
Sebastian Olsson - Drums
Mats Gesar - Guitar
Joakhim Åslund - Hammond organ and keys
Record Label: Transbustans Records


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