Scream: The Essentials
Soil return with a retrospective look back over a 20-year career with SCREAM: The Essentials. No holds barred, it kicks off with an ambitious cover of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’ a cover of the famous 1980s Blues Brothers number from the cult motion picture. With an audacious gruelling riff, you get that sense of familiarity about the track, but you know this isn’t your run of the mill cover version.
“Vocally I really had a good time with the song,” states vocalist Ryan McCombs. “It was a bit left field to what I’m accustomed to singing, but with the added touches we put on it, the song fell right into place.” Contributing to those “added touches” were guest backing vocalists Lindy Gabriel (Gabriel and the Apocalypse) and Cristina Feliciano (Oblivious Signal) along with guest keyboardist Jake LaCore (Gabriel and the Apocalypse). “I consider Lindy and Cristina two of the absolute best up and coming female vocalists out there,” says King. “And with being all from the same USA record label (Pavement Entertainment), it was a great way to keep everything in the family.” The result is a perfect nod to the band’s Chicago based heritage with a classic Blues based song that mixes a whole lotta Rock, Metal, and female fury pumped into the mix.
Formed back in 1997, Soil have rocked and rolled their way across our airwaves, producing hit after hit with the likes of the mammoth ‘Halo,’ an immediate stand out track and crowd favourite. The album is littered with quality track after track, the guys have grafted for that time, knocking out one album after another, gaining respect and fans along the way with their hardcore live shows and quality song writing.
SCREAM: The Essentials showcases just that, a collection of 20 brutal yet balanced all-out Rock anthems that propelled this Chicago based band into the mainstream after their label debut Scars, which featured ‘Halo’ and ‘Unreal.’ The guys simply never looked back, growing on the strength of their newfound popularity. They toured with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie, a move that propelled them to stadium sized crowds and a whole new perspective on this business we call show.
The song writing got bigger, slicker and Soil grew into a mammoth machine fitting of their sound. A greatest hits collection is too mundane a title for a collection of tracks this engrained in Rock history. For those already familiar with the band, it will be another beauty to add to an already substantial collection. For anyone who has toyed with the idea of a Soil recording, this is the one. You get a perfect mix of old and new and a fresh perspective on some previous recordings for the 2017 generation, bring on the next 20 years!
Soil SCREAM: The Essentials is out on September 15th via Pavement Entertainment and AFM Records.
- ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’
- ‘Broken Wings’ (El Chupacabra Version)
- ‘Road to Ruin’
- ‘Black Betty’
- ‘Breaking Me Down’
- ‘Can You Heal Me’ (Acoustic Version)
- ‘Give It Up’ (Feat. Wayne Static)
- ‘Let Go’
- ‘Like It Is’ (Alternate Version)
- ‘The Lesser Man’
- ‘My Time’ (Kickstart Version)
- ‘Shine On’
- ‘The Hate Song’
- ‘Way Gone’
- ‘Halo Live in London’ (Bonus Track)
- ‘Rusty Cage’ (Bonus Track)
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