Review – SOiL – Scream: The Essentials


Artist: SOiL

Album: Scream: The Essentials

Rating: 9.5/10


SOiL has been around for quite some time. They return for a look back over the last 20 years of their career with “Scream: The Essentials” Soil, often typeset as SOiL, is an American Rock band that was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. After some independent releases, the band was the first rock group signed to J Records and achieved mainstream success with their major label debut, “Scars”, in 2001. The J Records second album “Redefine” was released in 2004 and the band embarked upon a worldwide tour to follow. In late 2004 frontman Ryan McCombs left the group. He would go on to become the new vocalist of Drowning Pool the following year.

The album opens with the bands current single cover of The Blues Brothers, “Gimme Some Lovin” having an intro that’s consistent with some older school ‘Southern Rock‘ ringing with small guitar riffs throughout the track, making this pretty ambitious. Leadman Ryan McCombs vocals are still scruffy and grungy and growly, and thats just how we like it.

Keeping with the ‘Southern Rock‘ theme SOiL also covers “Black Betty” ambitiously with replacement vocalist AJ Cavalier, when McCombs announced his departure. This track is done well capturing the the classic twinge of the Ram Jam version while adding their own sound it.

Redefine” is prolly SOil’s most recognized track. The track peaked at #11 on the Modern Rock Charts in 2004. The track single and video for “Redefine” which charted higher than any previous single. This is a  great song with a easy moderately quiet intro until it goes into the heavy verse with some nice vocals.

This track, “Give It Up” features Wayne Static of Static X, bringing some extra intensity and growly vocals. This song was in honor of Wayne, who passed away in his sleep on November 1st, 2014. This version features Wayne and AJ Cavalier sharing vocal duties, and was recorded as a radio promo for select stations in 2006.

My Time” was kickstarter featured promo against Hollywood Undead’s “We Are” blowing it out the water with the final votes being, Hollywood Undead having 33% and SOiL winning out with 65% in 2012 and the track was also in the tracklisting for the album, “Whole” in 2014.

Way Gone” was one of the original tracks on the album titled, “Whole” it was a track that was slightly different but it was still angry but offered a more prominent slower type vibe but then really ripped it out in the chorus. With the kind of deepnlyrics such as, “A heart unbroken hasn’t lived, hasn’t loved, hasn’t come undone.”

Halo” is another extremely recognized track for SOiL. “Halo” is the first single off metal band SOiL’s second studio album, “Scars”, effectively launched the band into mainstream exposure. This track has a great chorus, outstanding vocals, and the guitars really rips the song to shreds. It’s no wonder why this is one of their more highly liked tracks. 

Overall, Scream: The Essentials are just that. Essential. These are the tracks that shot SOiL onto the charts and will be around for generations. It seems that the band is able to maintain no matter what adversity they are going through. And even endured a new lead singer (AJ Cavalier) before Ryan McCombs returned. So get out and get SOiL Scream: The Essentials, available now on all media outlets!


Official Video For “Gimme Some Lovin”

Official Video For ” Halo”

Official Video For “ReDefine”

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