As you may know however FiXT is a primarily studio-based operation, with their roster of artists rarely hitting the road…which means in 2019 we find Soul Extract ALREADY releasing their follow up album; “Filaments”. Honestly it’s like a bloody bus service! Wait ages for one and then two come along practically the same time! All jokes aside, Josh was naturally enthused and motivated following the long-awaited release of his debut, which meant he made a swift return to the studio to work on the 14 new tracks we have today. Let’s check it out…
The album opens up with “Rigor Mortis” and initially, with its subdued percussion and sporadic string notes it comes across as almost cinematic, as if from the opening moments of a film-score, but the riffs soon kick in and we’re given an industrialised slab of post nu-metal, laced with techno. It takes a while to get going but when it does, it’s a decent opener. A little stiff and regimented in delivery as its name suggests but it’s far from lifeless. This is then followed up by early album highlight “Victim Of Yourself”…combining more layered electronica with a crunching, classic metal guitar riff, instrumentally it’s as though someone’s tried to give say, PANTERA the remix treatment, but as the chorus kicks in we’re given a more mainstream hook; fellow FiXT artist CELLDWELLER having a clear influence here vocally too.
These influences can also be heard on the single “Redshift” and also “Ember” further down the album…the former again focuses more on the electronic aspects with rich, angst-ridden vocals amidst alt. rock instrumentation, bridging a gap between Klayton and Chester Bennington, while the latter takes on a more later-day Linkin Park aesthetic, which fans of say, “A Thousand Suns” and “Living Things” would appreciate. “Roentgen” on the other hand houses more of dub-inspired core sound, balancing the rockier aspects, which combined with the string section allows for a powerful and emotive track. This could easily appeal to fans of “Immersion” era PENDULUM in ways. Elsewhere while the album is far from awful by any means, nothing really stands out to make this a must-listen record. The interlude / set-up instrumental “Frozen Shadows” is pointless as a stand-alone track for example, and the remix of “Superheroes” is better placed than the original here really, it’s shorter and more enjoyable.
There is a deluxe edition of the album with 14 purely instrumental tracks on a bonus disc, but to be perfectly honest the tracks aren’t exciting enough to really warrant that…unless you’re a hardcore fan, there’s really no need for that whatsoever. With that said, it’s a decent electronic rock record, if you’re a fan of the aforementioned artists then you’ll likely appreciate most of this album, but there isn’t enough of a step made between this and the debut. All of the tones and influences are still there clear as day, but nothing really leaps out at you here to demand your attention. While not ALL filler, “Filaments” does sadly leave you feeling hungry for more…