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 At the beginning in 2001, the band was playing just for fun before becoming something serious in 2004. After their first demo, the band decided to take the progressive direction including keyboards and symphonic arrangments in their music. They gained live experience participating in various festivals. They went to some crew changes and in 2012 to an abrupt stop before getting back together in 2017 to release their concept album "The Dance of Light and Shade". The results is a music with a full range of feelings and intensity that as a strong PAIN OF SALVATION influence.


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4.76 | 16 ratings
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 The Dance of Light and Shade by SOUL DOUBT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.76 | 16 ratings

The Dance of Light and Shade
Soul Doubt Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars Apparently this Italian band were formed as long ago as 2001, but it was only just before Christmas last year that they released their debut album, a concept containing 20 songs which clocks in at just under 100 minutes in length. Someone can't have sent them the instructions that told them that Italian prog bands are supposed to sound a certain way, as these guys have taken influences as diverse as Pain of Salvation and Saga and have put them together in a totally innovative and refreshing manner. If you want harmony vocals combining with modern keyboard sounds, melodic hard rock, complexity and simplicity, then it has all of this and much, much more.

This is modern progressive music with a nod back to the Eighties as opposed to the Seventies, and more than one ear open to what was coming out of North America and Canada as opposed just the UK, and certainly doesn't seem like an Italian band at all. This is layered, immediate yet with hidden depths, and there is just no way that this can ever be considered a debut album as it is just way too complex and polished for a band to release an album as considered as this at a first attempt! If I had heard this in time for me to put it into my Top albums for 2017 then there is no doubt that it would have been given a high rating, but at that point I hadn't come across it, but am so very glad indeed that I have now.

The guys have been playing gigs and getting themselves about over the years, but surely this album is going to lift them to a whole new level. Prog rarely gets any better than this, and if this is what they do with their first album what on earth is going to come next? Let's just hope we don't have to wait 15 years for the next one.

 The Dance of Light and Shade by SOUL DOUBT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.76 | 16 ratings

The Dance of Light and Shade
Soul Doubt Progressive Metal

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

5 stars 20 well-made songs in total, with a running time of nearly 110 minutes. I'm absolutely overwhelmed now. The band's debut EP, released in 2010, already is showing their talent. Hence I would say that solely the vocals contributed by Marco Ciancaglini are inevitably improved on 'The Dance Of Light And Shade'. So much enchanting stuff to find here and now. And a clever concept first of all. Probably even a bit too clever, too much of a good thing at once. One will detect different views about that, I'm quite sure. They easily could divide both discs into separate albums, without losing any quality standards on each side. In any case here we have a fantastic production overall. They let it rock with ease. Nice incorporated samples, four short interludes are filled with quite differing impressions from atmospheric space to traditional folk.

Exemplified by Aeons maybe, this appears to me like a modern rock opera somehow, due to a theatrical feel coming up overall. Entirely self-produced a real essential thing, technically flawless moreover. Six musicians at work as the core, plus some external keyboard and vocal support. This means, except drums and keys, a nearly stable line-up over the last decade. They are providing highly melodic heavy prog music, surely bordering to metal here and there, though equipped with a wider stylistical range, for example including ambient and psychedelic elements. It's a heavy load to point out particular songs. Let me continue with Danse Macabre anyhow. For some time I was annoyed by this Clare Torry reminiscent female vocals referring to 'The Great Gig In The Sky' towards the end. As I often enough stumbled upon such tries in recent times.

Well, to make it clear for good, this affects a very short episode, should be seen as a real side note. Nessun problema anymore. A fantastic composition in any case. Furthermore both Waking Dreams episodes are belonging to the top of the best here. Regarding such a full load given, there is some danger of fatigue symptoms coming up probably, the second part of the album may be unwantedly underestimated. As noted before, there is no downfall to state though. Nightbringer again and again makes my day. You simply have to reserve enough time for this issue, basta. A very very entertaining excursion through diverse prog meadows over the course. No filler, everything is on a high level. Now coming to a final conclusion, sum of the aforementioned + astonishing + exceptional = perfect.

 The Dance of Light and Shade by SOUL DOUBT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.76 | 16 ratings

The Dance of Light and Shade
Soul Doubt Progressive Metal

Review by FXM

5 stars I haven't submitted a review in a long time but I recently purchased Soul Doubt's debut album "The Dance of Light and Shade" and was so impressed by it that I thought I should do a review especially as it has not been reviewed yet.

This is a quality release in terms of packaging, music and production. I don't listen to Prog Metal that much these days and got this on the basis of a glowing review from my favourite on-line CD vendor. For an independent release the packaging is exceptional, consisting of a double digipack in a slip case with great artwork and booklet with full lyrics. Five out of five for presentation.

The music is also outstanding, there is certainly a Pain of Salvation influence on many of the tracks but they are not clones. I also detect a bit of an Evergrey sound on some tracks particularly the guitar playing.

However, the double album is not a full out prog metal onslaught, much of the album could be classed as Progressive Rock, for example The Nightbringer on Disc 2 (Shade) and many of the tracks on Disc 1 (Light). With 20 tracks I am not going to do a track by track review, just say that even with its 107 minute running time there isn't a weak filler on the entire album. There is plenty of variation throughout the album, no two tracks sound alike unlike some Prog Metal bands that come to mind. The musicianship is superb, great guitar playing and the drummer is excellent just to pick out two, but it is all good !

The vocalist is excellent, no trace of an accent (although accents don't cause me any problem), at times he does sound a lot like Daniel Glidenlow, but there is nothing wrong with that!

I would think that even those who prefer innovative modern progressive rock (I don't mean neo-prog, more like bands such as IO Earth) but tend to steer clear of Prog Metal would find much to like with this release.

I am always reluctant to give a 5 star rating unless the album is a genuine masterpiece, this is probably a 4.5 star album but due to the packaging and variety across the two discs I will round it up to five stars.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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