Fans of In Flames and Soilwork will do well to spend some listening time with Lexington’s Society’s Plague. Call To The Void is an album built upon the foundations of duelling guitars, throaty vocals, melody and catchy songs.
Ashes For Air has a great chorus and is a strong opener. The melodic vocals are used sparingly in this up-tempo song but feature more prominently during the chorus on the second track Whispers. The band enlists the vocal talents of Soilwork‘s Bjorn ”Speed” Strid for the track Distant Waves which proves to be the albums best track in my opinion. Strid perfectly suits the style of music Society’s Plague play and you can really hear his influence in the vocals of Matt Newton.
The Fall features some nice keys that hark back to Reroute To Remain era In Flames and Broken By Design is a slower song that boasts a huge chorus and a frantic verse. Newton really stretches his vocals on this song. Paramnesia starts off in ballad territory and is probably as close as the band gets to one. It still contains some lead-heavy riffs but showcases some excellent melodies, too. It took me a while to warm to this one but warm to it I did. Its position on the album also breaks things up nicely.
The intro to Fear is Failure is classic melodeath but the song never really gets going, thankfully the orchestral pomp of Abomination gets things back on track. It’s a slower, brooding track that might take a few listens but patience is a virtue. There is an intro to the final track, Rise of the Eidolon and dare I say that there is a little bit of Amon Amarth about the riff during the verse on this track? It certainly sounds this way to me. Either way, it’s a pretty good song to finish the album off with.
Overall, I think Call to the Void will appeal to a lot of melodeath fans. The songwriting is consistently good as is the music. Recommended if you dig any of the above-mentioned bands.
Thanks to Eclipse Records for a digital copy of this album for review \,,/
Society’s Plague is an epic melodic metal band from Lexington, KY. Utilizing a unique blend of melodic death metal elements, duelling guitar harmonies, and infectious keyboard and orchestral arrangements, Society’s Plague has created a sound fondly sought after by their steadily growing fan base. Since 2007, the band has performed well over 300 shows spanning 25 states across the US, including 5 national tours, 4 festivals, and support slots for artists such as In Flames, Between the Buried and Me, Killswitch Engage, Disturbed, Unearth, and many more.
In 2008, Society’s Plague self-released their debut EP, The Mercy Untold. The album gained notable traction locally and eventually led to the band signing with Stand and Deliver Records in 2010. In the Summer of that year, they released their debut full-length LP, The Human, The Canvas which was produced by Tony Gammalo (Chimaira, Straight Line Stitch, Walls of Jericho) and Ben Schigel. With the release of this album, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially.
From 2013-2015, the band took a short hiatus and returned in 2016 to a sold-out hometown show. In the summer of 2017, Society’s Plague entered Subterranean Studios in their hometown of Lexington, KY, to record their self-produced sophomore album Call to the Void, and sent it to several record labels for consideration. It wasn’t long before the band was approached by Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Bobaflex, A Breach of Silence) and they signed to the label in January of 2018.
Call to the Void is a powerful album containing ten brand new songs featuring screaming guitar riffs, pummeling beats, and melodic harmonies. In all simplicity, it’s a defining moment in the band’s career, and no fan of metal music will want to miss out on it. The album is currently slated for a worldwide release in the Spring of 2018 via Eclipse Records.