Sound: Overall, Samael used to be huge into the black metal scene, but have always had a bit of industrial mixed in with it (though it has been more of an impact more recently - except with Above, apparently going back to the 'real' black metal roots). Samael certainly has an interesting and unique sound. The vocals are somewhat grungy, black metal style, yet the synthesizers bring a whole new level to the music. The chord structures and progressions on this album really give it a dark feel, as is with black metal, yet it doesn't feel quite so.. Repulsive. Certainly one of the frontrunners in black industrial metal. // 7
Lyrics: The lyrics are somewhat interesting. Most of them have a turn on the future, as most industrial/techno influenced music does, and the really fit the music well. Separately, the vocal style and the instrumentation don't seem to fit what'soever. But together they form this bond which makes them fit together perfectly.
The singer's skills are decent. There really isn't too much of a stretch on what the vocalist really can do, but it really is working for Samael just fine as is. // 6
Overall Impression: Compared to other artists, I would say, it mixes and flows better than other bands, such as The Kovenant. Both are and industrial metal band with heavy black metal roots. But the musical compostition of "Solar Soul" completely blows The Kovenant's "Animatronic." The most impressive song on the album is definitely "Slavocracy." It's got an awesome guitar/synthesizer riff, and it just flows so well, plus the lyrics are pretty deep.
I love the mixture of two seemingly unmixable styles that fit together in harmony when composed like this. I don't really like how a lot of the songs sound pretty much the same, but still it's entertaining and worth the money. I would totally buy this album again if it was lost of stolen. // 6