An American band, which has its name from a Swedish Death Metal classic and releases its albums via an Japanese label? Ladies and Gentlemen: Here's SOULLESS.
They are five thoroughbred Metal fans from Cleveland, Ohio, and they are here to kick the ass of the Thrash Metal scene with their second album "Agony's Lament". And the chances aren't too bad. Though, they don't reinvent this genre but less discs of the extreme genres made so much fun recently. Don't be scarred of the harsh front cover, which reminds of the first edition of AUTOPSY's debut classic "Severed Survival", but the music is too good.
SOULLESS deliver us heavy stuff, based on the rhythm patterns of RAZOR's "Decibles" album, with brutal riffs, like one knows from DESTRUCTION's "The Antichrist" album, alike the melody understanding of elder Swedish bands like AT THE GATES or CENTINEX. Partly they slightly integrate newer KREATOR and INFERNÄL MAJESTY in their "None Shäll Defy"-period, which rounds the album off. The crown of this mixture are the vocals, which sounds like a combination of Darren Travis (SADUS) and Schmier (DESTRUCTION). (Online March 24, 2003)