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    by Evergrey
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    by Dream Theater
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    by Martin Popoff
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    by Mudvayne
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    by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
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    by Shadows Fall
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Thursday
Jul122012

SOiL - ReLiving The Scars in London

Soil has always been a band that has intrigued me.  On paper, you would think that they were a death metal band, based on the resume's of many of the band members; but in reality they are a Alt-Metal band with balls and chunk.  Formed back in the late 90's the band has put out 5 studio albums and just recently their first and only live album/DVD Re-living the Scars in London

The band has been fairly active since their inception, but has unfortunately not been able to achieve the success that they deserve.  Not sure if is was the departing of original vocalist Ryan McCombs, early on to front Drowning Pool, during their peak or just the market.  McCombs left the band, but returned to the fold just this past year, after the departure of his replacement A.J. Cavalier.  The band released (3) albums before his departure, and two since.  The last of the albums being Picture Perfect, which made some waves on radio, but never exploded. 

The live DVD is sort of a celebration of the Scars and Redefine records.  The set list on the DVD/CD is compiled from these two records, omitting material from the non-McCombs era of the band.  Too bad, because there was some strong material on those records as well.   That being said, what has been included rocks.  The band look and sound great, and what a great package, being a DVD/CD combo set.  The show is a concert film, with some special camera work, that is tasteful and not distracting.  All in all a nice package and a great way for these guys to get back on track and start trying to take over the world again.

Bottom Line: A solid performance by a band with new found life.  It is amazing when a band reunites and just starts clicking again.  A nice heavy show, from a band that is going places.

-Ragman loves the Scars record and will pull it out of the library to prove it.

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