Stream James LaBrie’s Soilworkified New Solo Album
I was yapping with a friend last night about new music we’d heard when the conversation turned to James LaBrie’s latest. The Dream Theater singer’s third solo album is now streaming at Revolver, and while I hadn’t had a chance to stream it yet, he had. “So it sounds like James LaBrie singing over Soilwork?” I asked. “Yeah, exactly!” he replied. We laughed, because we meant it in a good way; we’re both huge DT and Soilwork fans.
Impermanent Resonance picks up right where 2010’s Static Impulse left off. The album’s liner notes read like a veritable who’s who of the Swedish melodeath scene: the mid-paced, Soilwork-esque melodeath grooves come courtesy LaBrie’s longtime collaborator Matt Guillory, who plays keys and takes on the bulk of the writing duties; ex-Soilwork axeman Peter Wichers gets some writing and production credits here; Peter Wildoer of Darkane handles drums and screaming vocals once again; and Jens Bogren mixes. Who knew LaBrie had such a Swedish fetish?
As the resident MS Mansion Dream Theater Apologist I have no problem bucking the trend and saying that I like LaBrie’s voice. If I came to it fresh in 2013 never having heard it before I might think otherwise but to me it’s so familiar and comfortable, and there’s no denying his talent whether you like the timbre of his voice or not.