Sound — 9
More than anything else, Symphonic Metal needs good guitar. When you're Splintered Soul, a "Progressive Film-Score Metal" band, getting that massive tone to the music is twice as important as ever. Splintered Soul don't fail at all here, with a student of Megadeth's Chris Broderick in lead guitar you can feel the strength of the melodies, and none of the (many) fills feel out of place, each building on the main line and giving this music reams of power. The drums are more a part of the music here than many other Symphonic bands, with its own tribal beat and tight sound, there are points where the drums could carry the song by themselves.
Lyrics — 7
Splintered Soul was originally an instrumental band, and the addition of the vocals fluctuate in terms of quality. But what never wavers is the fantastic voice of the female lead singer. She has an eastern tone with incredible range, which she uses constantly to great effect, and goes perfectly with the drum style. However, there are points when the vocal line itself feels out of key, or out of place with the instruments. Sometimes, it seems like there was too many ideas conflicting at once and the singer just got lost in the crowd. The lyrics are solid though, taking the regular concepts such as sandstorms and seeing how creative the lyrics could be from them. Although its not always clear, as again the singer gets lost in the crowd when the music becomes too epic.
Overall Impression — 9
This EP works. From beginning to end you could let go and imagine you're listening to a soundtrack from a major film. The vocals fit perfectly with the tone, most of the time, and the instrumental section feels like it was created in one room, with all everyone working together to create something special, and it all works. Whether they can repeat this with a full length remains to be seen, but for now, this is one of the must own EPs, and Splintered Soul definitely worth keeping your eye on.