When I saw that "The Interpreter" by My Soliloquy was in the backlog queue for this site, I knew this album needed reviewing. First off, the band is the solo project for Threshold guitarist Pete Morten. Secondly, Pete is a multi-talented musician. And lastly, Pete is a friend of mine!
(Don't worry, I'm honest even with friends.) My Soliloquy is a tour de force for Pete, who sings and plays all the instruments except for the drums, which are performed (quite well) by Damon Roots. Since the recording of "The Interpreter," Pete has filled out the lineup but this is basically a solo affair.
thing you notice about the album has to be Pete's voice, which is very unique
and, to me, sounds a lot like legendary ex-Fates Warning vocalist John Arch and
his very specific, emotive style. Musically, the album does have a modern Fates
style to it but is much more quirky. "The Interpreter" is very much a
modern-sounding metal album with twists and turns and even a techno intro on
"Corrosive De-emphasis" (my favorite track on the album) which, surprisingly
enough, works extremely well. If you haven't banged your head to a techno
opening before, you will once the guitars and drums kick in.
The key to
any album, as far as I am concerned, is the songs. If you can't write good
songs, it really doesn't matter how well you sing or how great a guitarist you
are. I haven't mentioned how great the solos are on this album, have I? But the
songs on "The Interpreter" are important. The choruses are all ones you will
begin to hum and eventually sing along to once you become more familiar with
them. The riffs are just as memorable and powerful. "Ascension Pending" has an
exotic, Middle Eastern vibe that should make you sway back and forth. "Flash
Point" has a Threshold-like riff that yields to a very rhythmic verse and then a
pre-chorus that I always sing (even the rolling Rs!).
surprising track is the closing ballad "Star." It's not surprising because of
how good the song is, but more because Pete could finish a kick-ass metal album
with such a beautiful track. Every song on the album is unique, which is what
makes "The Interpreter" such a strong release. Yes, Pete's been laboring over
this material for years and perhaps that's a good thing. It makes for a
well-crafted, well-sequenced album.
there's more! If you order the album from the band's website (the link is
below), you can order the deluxe version which has three bonus tracks. I LOVE
BONUS TRACKS! These three are no exception. I wish they were on the standard
version, because all three are as good as any track on it.
on the deluxe version is very cool, with a clear sleeve that looks amazing if
you put light behind it. The artwork is incredible in general. Pete Morten did
the artwork as well, and he is a talented graphic designer. It is some of the
best artwork I've ever seen, period.
If you like
progressive metal and are a fan of bands like Threshold (duh), Fates
Warning/Arch Matheos, or even classic Queensryche, I highly recommend you check
out "The Interpreter" by My Soliloquy. It was one of the best releases of 2013.