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Soilent Green's third album continues in the vein of their 1998 breakthrough, Sewn Mouth Secrets, mixing together grindcore, hardcore, and Southern rock, along with elements of doom, death, and black metal, in the form of quick-hitting, constantly shape-shifting songs that just do not let up. Compared with Sewn Mouth Secrets, this album puts more emphasis on the band's grindcore side (not that it wasn't already prevalent), and the instrumental twists — the constant tempo shifts, baffling time-signature change-ups, and maze-like guitar flurries — are even more convoluted than before. Together with frontman Ben Falgoust's schizophrenic, bark-growl-and-screech vocal tirades and lyrics about drug abuse, sexual misdeeds, and broken-down lives in general, it all adds up to an intimidating listen the first few times around. However, the band is not dealing in random chaos or shock for shock's sake. This is a challenging album, but as repeated listens will reveal, the songs are carefully structured and flow remarkably well from one section to the next, especially considering how fast-paced they are. Plus, the band's patented swamp metal riffs are as memorable and imaginative as ever when they appear (e.g., the massive breakdown during the middle of "Afterthought of a Genius") and despite the emphasis on grindcore and blastbeats, there are still plenty of choice groove-oriented sections (e.g., most of "Later Days"). Appropriately brief at just over 33 minutes, A Deleted Symphony is a masterful display of aggression and unpredictability in keeping with Soilent Green's high standards.

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Only my people & these N.O. bands know how good we truly have it here in the "BIG EASY". The whole N.O. scene has been rampant for 20+ yrs. now (or maybe longer).All of these guys are such a tight knit group, have of them are in each others bands! All with labels, & all started in garages, storage sheds & so on. SOILENT GREEN, EYEHATEGOD, GOATWH#*E, CROWBAR, ACID BATH, & even PHIL ANSELMO have the unique southerness that cannot be duplicated any where else. DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL,.... ON & ON. Do you realize how much is gettin cranked out of this city alone? Any of these bands would be in the top of your preference if you don't already know 'em. ( can't forget EXHORDER, "pioneers") I can't see being any where else & missing this. And by the way, being local as I am, I get to see these bands live very often so suffer on that thought! KATRINA blew us away but not out,were not goin nowhere! GLENN RAMBO lost his life in this tragic storm (KATRINA) who was the original frontman for SOILENT GREEN & is truly sorely missed to no end... Trust me, if it is from N.O., it will be a sure bet to be anyones top pics!


HAHAHAHA but really great album tragic event

buy it

killer album!


Formed: New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Blending elements of grindcore, death metal, black metal, hardcore, and bluesy, groove-oriented Southern rock, Lousiana quintet Soilent Green has grown into one of the most distinctive bands in the U.S. metal underground. Along with contemporaries such as Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Acid Bath, they have helped put their home state on the metal map, meanwhile giving it a reputation for spawning exceptionally sludgy and pain-ridden bands. Soilent Green certainly lives up to these adjectives, but they...
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