Through the first spin of Soulcage's sophomore disc Soul for Sale I was more than a little perplexed. Generally, I can put my finger on a band's sound almost immediately. However, with Soul for Sale, I'm not sure where Soulcage is going. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, I suppose, as it shows they have a certain degree of creativity and unpredictability. Yet, it doesn't lend for accessibility.
After a second listen (I think) I hear fundamental melodic hard rock, but then also 80's pop melodic rock (Satellite Children, Bleeding), some post grunge alt rock (My Canvas, My Skin), or a heavier hard rock (Ride On). It's all rather a little eclectic and confusing at times. This is disappointing as the members of Soulcage are quite talented; in particular Aleski Parviainen has a strong versatile voice and Jari Homaki dominates on bass. Nevertheless, I still can't get my ears around Soul for Sale. With the possible exception of the opener, Flaming Flowers, nothing on this work really jumped out and grabbed me. Yet, I can't help but wonder what's ahead for this talented five-piece. Possibly their third effort will reach me.
Soul for Sale, the debut by Finland's Soulcage, is polished work of undefinable and unpredictable melodic hard rock which will either leave you entertained or simply confused.
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