Power of Metal.dk Review

Semper Fidelis II
Style: Melodic Groove Metal
Release date: 10 January, 2014
Playing time: 22:34

Shortly after the release of their debut EP last year, Souldrinker parted ways with male growler Alex Gindu. Enter “Semper Fidelis II” which showcases the band’s revamped sound through 3 re-recorded songs and 2 new ones. Apart from the absence of Alex’s voice the style is similar to before - certainly a tad more melodic but still dominated by huge riffs that would fit in well with the music of Pantera or Lamb Of God.


New song ‘Damn the Machine’ is heavy and exciting with catchy melodies. ‘Hope Is Gone’ is the other new one: following an intro driven by bass player Chris Rodens the song bursts into something decidedly more furious. Somehow I felt that the riffs and drums of the updated ‘Sixteen Men Of Tain’ were on two different paths but ‘Burn The Pact’ sounds as great as ever and both the groove and melody of ‘To All That Is Lost’ sound stronger this time.


Lead vocalist Iris Boanta once again proves pivotal to the distinctive sound of Souldrinker. Although the music is riff-based, Markus Pohl occasionally shows flashes of brilliance with regards to guitar solos and it would perhaps be interesting if in future he’d show less restraint when tapping into his soloing skills. All in all, however, this EP is definitely a step in the right direction and Souldrinker’s songwriting skills seem to be getting even better.


“Semper Fidelis II” possesses an excellent balance of power, melody and aggression and in a nutshell this is what Souldrinker is all about. So, especially if you had missed the first “Semper Fidelis”, don’t let this one pass you by.


Click the link below to see a promo-clip of ‘Damn the Machine’:


01. Dawn (intro.)
Sixteen Men of Tain
Damn the Machine
Burn the Pact
To All that is Lost
Hope Is Gone
Label: Independent
Buy the disc: Big Cartel
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 30 April, 2014
Website: www.souldrinker.org