Album Review: Intentional Trainwreck – Smokestack of Souls

Smokestack of Souls

Sophomore releases are incredibly important for many reasons. It’s important for the band to nail their sound and deliver a product that will blow the minds of those whom listen to it. It’s also the second opportunity people will be hearing the band, and that’s something that will either make or break a career of an artist. Fortunately, Intentional Trainwreck’s second outing “Smokestack of Souls” is something that will benefit the band, but more importantly the listener. The group from Baltimore give us a technical, progressive metal sound that you will fall in love with. Relying heavily on melody within this fine tuned metal release gives Intentional Trainwreck a highly enjoyable and unique vibe, making this a fun and over the top enjoyable listening experience.

Pete Lasko (guitar, bass, vocals), Patrick Gaffney (drums), and Mike Galway (bass) perform with ultra precise musicianship and technicality. Low end growling, mid ranged screaming over the fast paced music blends it all together so nicely. Guitars and drum kicks synchronized with triplets mixed in during the hectic technical riffing. Something is always going 200 mph on this record. The attention to detail and execution of the guitar playing is phenomenal. The guitar tone itself is incredibly melodious, heavy and audible. Bass tone is low and thick and it accentuates the guitar playing even more, giving the overall theme and vibe of the album a rich powerful sound. Songwriting on “Smokestack of Souls” is exciting and powerful, giving off a long lasting appeal that will have one listening to it for a long long time.

Recommended songs of the album are opening “Basilisk’s Gaze” “Phaedrus,” “Clocks of Doom” and 13-minute closing epic “Family and Friends.” The songs not mentioned are great as well but these few stand out with how effective and flawless the songwriting is.

Smokestack of Souls is out now and is available from Bandcamp.

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