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Soil and Hed PE Concert Review – 5/7/14 – Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA

22 June 2014 14 Comments

By: Andrew

Soil Scars Album CD Cover Art

One of the best hard rock albums released in the 2000’s.

You’re about to read a review of a review. I am reviewing Darius’ review of a Hed PE and Soil co-headlining show. Switching it up a bit, because I really want you to get to the end of this instead of just skimming. Hey, I’m guilty of it too.

I was standing outside of a UPS Store, waiting for several hundred copies. They said, “Email it to us! It’ll be ready when you get here!” I emailed. I got there. Needless to say, it wasn’t ready. With about thirty minutes to kill, I decided to call Darius to solicit feedback on the show.

Soil Vocalist Ryan McCombs

Soil frontman Ryan McCombs

If you’ve ever gone to Darius’ Twitter, you’ll see that he’s pretty much always at shows. Somehow, Soil has escaped him all these years. Unfortunately, Scars was released at the wrong time, while Redefine was released by the wrong record company. Ryan then left the band, and eventually released two more Soil albums under the Drowning Pool moniker (cough cough). With Ryan out, AJ Cavalier took over lead vocals. In 2006, Soil released True Self, which never had a chance due to being released by DRT Entertainment. They were a record label that had several monster albums in their hands (American Head Charge’s The Feeding, and The Street Dogs’ Fading American Dream, just to name two), but had no idea what to do with them. “Give It up” should have never been the lead single. Picture Perfect came out in 2009, but by that time few cared. “Like It Is” was the album’s lead single, which seemed like “Give It Up” with a new title. Here we are in 2014, and Ryan has reclaimed his rightful place in the real Soil, and their new album Whole is on the market.

Soil True Self CD Back Cover

The back cover of True Self

I’ve seen Soil a number of times over the years: at Roseland Ballroom (RIP) on Scars with Static-X, at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on True Self with Staind, at the Webster Theater on True Self with Mushroomhead, and headlining the Knitting Factory (RIP) in New York City in 2007. But as mentioned above, they’ve always managed to elude Darius. So after years upon years of me bringing them up in conversation, he finally gets to see them, with their original frontman (and his annoying microphone).

Soil Picture Perfect Album CD Cover

The conversation starts with, “Dude, they played ’37 Stitches’. Can you believe they played that song?” “37 Stitches” was a song written by Ryan McCombs while he was in Drowning Pool. It was an accidental hit that broke into the top five on the mainstream rock charts nearly two years after Full Circle (Drowning Pool’s third album, and first with McCombs) was released. Rarely do bands play songs from their frontman’s other band(s) during their set, especially when there was bad blood at the time of the initial split. So yeah, that’s kind of cool. After addressing “37 Stitches”, Darius proceeded to go over the set, essentially raving that it was excellent. “I was blown away. I can’t wait to see them again. Ryan’s voice was sick.”

Soil Band Photo from Whole

(L to R) Soil 2014 is Ryan McCombs, Adam Zadel, Tim King

He lamented about the attendance, stating there were about 75 people there when Soil hit the stage, and about three times as many when Hed PE went on. Hed PE is something neither of us get, although “Renegade” can get you pumped up when played loud. Since it’s something not for us, and really not for our audience, we’re not the ones to really comment. Hence, Hed PE will be left alone for the purposes of this review.

But getting back to Soil, Whole picks up where Redefine left off. Many of you are unaware they’re still pounding the pavement, unaware they’re releasing new material, unaware Ryan’s back in the band, or dare I say unaware they have songs other than Halo. For me, as a fan, Darius’ review was gratifying. Hearing him just go on and on about them killing it on “Unreal” made me forget about the UPS Store’s ineptitude.

Soil Hed PE Born To Ride 2 Tour

Soil is a great rock band, with a phenomenal lead vocalist. I urge all of you to catch them when they come to your town. They’re loud, the songs are there, and they’re one of the best hard rock bands going today. Open your eyes. They’re not nu-metal. You’re allowed to listen to them. You’re allowed to like them. Now do like Darius did, go to the show, become a fan, and thank me later.

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14 Comments »

  • Brian Doran said:

    A Soil and Hed Pe concert review without a mention of Hed Pe. Love it.

    I find myself strangely wanting to see Soil after all these years.

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  • 1942 said:

    I went back and listened to Scars while at the gym today after reading this review. It does sound somewhat dated in some ways but it does really have some killer raw power. I never liked Breaking Me Down and it’s just annoying how that starts the album.

    This review of a review has me wanting to see Soil live immediately. And what about that Bartender band?

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  • AllThaRage said:

    dude, get over yourself. just because the song was a hit don’t mean you gotta hate on it saying it was an accident. i never liked drowning pool neither but 37 stitches is a jam and i love that song

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    AllThaRage,

    I did not mean it like that. The song became a hit two years after the album was released. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a great song. I just meant that no one thought it would do as well as it did – not the label, not the band, not their fans. If anyone thought different, it would have been released weeks after Soldiers. In no way was the “accidental” comment in my article meant to be derogatory.

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  • Carla said:

    My favorite track off Scars has always been The One.

    One thing about Andrew I’ve long respected is his marketing ability. Darius was at the show. I adore Darius’ reviews and articles. I can tell that the article was written as a “review of a review” because Andrew knew it would reach more people and pique more interest.

    It’s subtle things like that which make me enjoy reading the content on this site.

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  • Redrum said:

    I NEVER WANNA SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD BUT SINNER WASN’T A GOOD ALBUM. YEAH BODIES IS A SICK TRACK AND ALWAYS WILL BE, AND TEAR AWAY IS PRETTY GOOD BUT THE REST OF THE ALBUM IS PRETTY BLAND. DAVE WILLIAMS WAS COOL TO ME AND MY FRIENDS WHEN WE MET HIM AT OZZFEST. DROWNING POOL ONLY GOOD ALBUM FROM A SOUND PERSPECTIVE IS DESENSITIZED.

    OTHER THAN THAT THEY HAVE 1 GOOD SONG WHICH IS 37 STITCHES. RYAN BEING BACK IN SOIL IS HIS PLACE TO BE AND I SAW THEM IN SYRACUSE AT THEY WERE KILLER. ATTENDANCE WASN’T GOOD. I WENT TO COLLEGE UP THERE, AND WHEN VISITING DECIDED TO ATTEND THE SHOW.

    GREAT LIVE BAND AND THE NEW ALBUMS ROCK

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Why the Soil love fest?

    Btw: Wish more sites would do what you did with Hed PE. Instead of writing fluff or slamming them because it’s the reviewer that doesn’t get it, you opted to move on. Most wouldn’t do that. Good for you.

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  • 5150 said:

    I read Blabbermouth daily. It’s been my routine since college. I’ve never listened to Black Veil Bridges but I know people hate them. Go figure.

    Soil articles have been there from time to time which I’ve read but I never at all thought to go listen to them again. All Knowing Force has an uncanny ability to make me want to buy tickets to certain shows and listen to artists when I’ve given up.

    PS: I see the Head Charge reference? Couldn’t fit in a Filter? No Sevendust?

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  • Sheer Heart Attack said:

    Lovefest? I was going to write some snarky comment to this post but I went back to my iTunes and listened to some of Scars and discovered a song called Black 7. I never made it past Unreal back in the day.

    Glad to hear these guys giving it their all live. The new album is OK and that Amalgamation song is certainly a cool spin.

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  • Laura in NJ said:

    This band was my fav from the nu-metal era (although I know they’re not that).

    I’m sure it was a biz thing that they toured with Hed(pe) but I dont see how theres any crossover betw these bands fans.

    Unreal was my fav from Scars. Perhaps my husband and I will go see them next time in the NY NJ area.

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    Could it be said Soil was a victim of its choice of singles?

    I’ll bet these guys have the same management or something. I can’t see a single fan overlapping. Glad to hear Soil killed it. Along with Papa Roach they’re still waving the flag of the early 2000 hard rock crew.

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  • MAAT said:

    I SAW SOIL EARLIER THIS YEAR. RYANS MICROPHONE IS HIS TRADEMARK AND HE’S ONE OF THE BEST LIVE BAND SOUNDED GREAT, EVEN THE NEW DRUMMER

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    LOCH NESS,

    You can’t argue with Halo as the lead single from Scars. You can make an argument about Redefine. I’m not sure True Self ever had a chance, but if it did, Give It Up was the wrong way to go.

    At the end of the day, I think signing with Clive Davis did the most damage.

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  • Derf said:

    What is your favorite soil songs???

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