Country: Germany
Title: Soultaker
Label: Independent
Year: 2017
Style: Symphonic Metal

Debut album from this 2013 founded band based in the South of Germany, Soultaker offers 10 tracks of Symphonic Metal clocking a full hour of playing time. Although the production is a bit too thin for what a band like this would need/deserve (at least on the rhythm section), it is clean and polished and won't give you any headache. At first I thought they'll mostly rely on the female vocalist's abilities, but I was wrong, the band seems to be quite curdled and sounds like a whole, offering plenty of interesting and surprising moments during the 10 tracks (an hour of playing time) although based on generic patterns of the genre. Anna, the vocalist, has a beautiful voice, but my problem is that most of the time I don't understand the words coming out of her mouth, I believe she still needs some more work on this part, on sounding crystal clear, as she manages to reach enchanting tonalities. The keyboards section is my fave, and I guess now that the band added a violin player (after the recording of this album), it all sounds even more fantasy-like which is always good for a Symphonic Metal band. I also want to mention the kick-ass guitar work; the riffs are pretty generic, but the leads and solos are tasteful. All in all a good debut, with a bit more work this could become a serious name in this field in notime.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10