Originally based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Soul Extract is the creation of composer Josh Mullis and he formed the project way back in 1998! With certain setbacks however it’s taken a fair amount of time for his music to see the light of day, but now, confident and comfortable on the FiXT roster, he’s able to share his hard work and efforts through the album “Circadian Algorithm”; both his label and musical debut…let’s check it out.
The album opens up with “Project Terraform” and immediately you’re swept into a grandiose, almost cinematic musical score; intense and dramatic string elements backing a slowly emanating techno wave. It’s the kind of instrumentation that would easily find itself slotted into a Transformers movie or something akin to that….vocally switching back and forth between cleaner, synth fuelled segments and angst-ridden screams; it fits in perfectly well with the likes of CELLDWELLER and also reminds me of more local acts such as CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM. Follow up track “Decryption” takes us back to Extract’s formative years and here you can clearly hear some of that early nu-metal influence. Josh openly cites LINKIN PARK as an inspiration and you can clearly hear that within not only the vocals of this track, which are a nice homage to Chester at this point, but you can hear it within the composition and instrumentation too, with some of riffs and electronic touches sounding like they’ve come straight out of the “Meteora” writing sessions.
The nu-metal influence can also be heard on the likes of “Take Another” with the vocals giving off a subtle KORN vibe, alongside the slower, more crunchier instrumentation, mirroring artists such as ADEMA to boot. Speaking of slowing things down, “Oblivion” offers a far more chilling, mellow synth-heavy pop affair; with its anti-ballad qualities, mixing icy piano keys with a bold chorus and an orchestral climatic flurry, allows for a laid back but luxurious listen. Elsewhere “Aphotic Destiny” if nothing else taught me a new word today, however its pulsing techno perfectly suits its title, as it metaphorically submerges you into the deepest, darkest watery depths, before closing track “Singularity” rounds things off with more Celldweller-inspired, vocally raw, orchestral-tinged electronic rock.
Aesthetically this album is a nice little nostalgia trip for the most part, merging those early electro-rock influences with the more modern production value found through working with FiXT. While musically fine, if anything is to be noted as a negative it’s the track length; nothing here is under four minutes long, resulting in a ten-track album sounding far longer than it actually is. Condense one or two of these down and you could have some decent singles to promote off of the back of this, and that’s about the only real issue going forward. Other than that, it’s a fine record and nice way to maybe coax some more nu-metal fans towards the FiXT brand.