Abandoned Souls - Some Never Will

Abandoned Souls hail from London, Ontario and, as their press release proudly states, are a hard rock band on a mission to bring their style of music to the world. Well, that has pretty much set them apart from every other band on the planet, hasn't it? 'Some Never Will' is the follow up to their 2006 debut 'Circle Of Shadows', which found itself nominated twice at the London Music Awards. The band have also had their music featured on the DVD 'Sled Heads 4' - now, I know that this sounds like a generic sequel to a bawdy comedy series of films where fake breasted women are won over by greasy nerds but, alas, it is a documentary. About sleds.

"This is a band on a journey of self discovery and musical indulgence." Translation - they like Alice In Chains. A lot. All eleven tracks on this album, from opener 'Some Never Will' to closer 'The Ground Beneath', have taken the AIC blueprint as gospel. Throw a spattering of Disturbed, Black Label Society, Pantera and Nirvana - actually, it is more like South African bad song burglars Seether -into the mix and that's pretty much it in a studded nutshell. The album is well produced and some of the riffs on offer sound absolutely massive, but it is all just too familiar. At one point I slipped out of the headphones to pinch one out, when I came back was it the same song? The next one? It is all a little too similar in a world of low attention spans. A Status Quo for modern times, if you will.

The fact that the band have had their music on a sled documentary sums it up really - the big riffs on display here are the kind that are always all over extreme sports footage, before fading away as the singing is about to start. I'd recommend this to fans of bands like Alter Bridge but I'm not even sure if those strange grey people will like it as I find myself curiously allergic to that kind of music and its followers.

by Gaz E.

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