This album is an illustrious debut by newcomers Soul Killing Female. Written over four years ago, Utopia Mine was finally recorded and released to the general public late last year. Sole member Michael Lewis (who has since expanded the band into a full live line-up) bares his very soul on this album, a tribute to heartbreak, broken promises and devastation. Ethereal, tense vocals wisp around over doomy riffs as the synth drones out long, somber funerary passages. This album is surprising both in its complexity and subtlety considering that one man is behind all of it. If you’re a fan of Tool or Neurosis, don’t miss the boat and check these guys out live Jan. 29 at the Zoo.

Published in Volume 64, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 28, 2010)

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