Strip the Soul “Inanimatum” Album Review Part 2

Strip the Soul – “Inanimatum”
By: Brian Campbell


It’s utterly heavy and uncompromising, loud and abrasive, it’s “Inanimatum” from Mesa, Arizona metal merchants Strip the Soul. This album is gritty and raw to say the least; it’s fast and garish, just the way heavy metal should be.

Opener “Bloodshed For Days” is littered with blast beat drumming, shredding riffs and gravel throated barks. “Lahar” summons memories of early Lamb of God and Pantera (and you can toss in some Gojira and Shadows Fall love in there as well) thanks to frontman Mark Fowler’s crushing delivery, “Phayd” introduces a welcomed groove into “Inanimatum,” a shredfest led by the Fowler boys, Mark and lead guitarist Nate, that is a real neck injury waiting to happen and the juggernaut that is “Forty Winks” is an old school thrash lovers wet dream.

“Inanimatum” pivots with the sludgy “Desist,” though the thrash clinic resumes on the subsequent “Death Stench” and “No Regard,” the latter of which features the album’s best solo work. “Dead Folks” sets itself apart as the ultra-heavy jam doesn’t features vocals until around the one minute mark, then it’s simply business as usual from there on in. The biggest and most pleasant surprise of “Inanimatum” comes in the form of album closer “I Am,” an ambitious cover of the Static-X “Wisconsin Death Trip” classic. The Arizona boys do the late great Wayne Static a bit of justice with their raw take, reproducing the memorable track in their own image enough so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Because let’s face it, this cover could have went south very easily.

“Inanimatum” takes metal back to the basics. And back to the garage where it was born. This is unflinching and comes with no off button. There’s no fancy ballad tossed into the mix for posterity reasons – it’s just all killer from start to finish.

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