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by Soulbender

Soulbender is a dark, heavy rock band from Seattle and Vancouver. The band consists of Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton, ex-My Sister's Machine singer Nick Pollock, guitarist Dave Groves, and drummer Wes Hallam.
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1. Fix Me
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2. Clockwork and Compass
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3. Rabbit Hole
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4. The American Dream
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5. Samsara
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6. Prime Time
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7. Shoot Poem
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8. This Ocean
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9. Hunger
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10. Three Towers
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Album Notes
Soulbender is a collaboration of experienced Metal musicians from all over the Northwest. Singer Nick Pollock comes from the Seattle band 'My Sisters Machine' who made a mark for themselves in the early 90s touring the country on major label album releases 'Diva' and 'Wallflower'. Nicks' lyrical content comes from deep within, with subtle meanings that aren't so well defined on the surface. You have to travel deep down the 'Rabbit Hole' to fully comprehend.

Michael Wilton needs no introduction. For over two decades and more Michael..aka... 'Whip' has been a founding member of Queensryche and toured the world 10 times over, sold millions of records and graces the wheels of Soulbender with screaming melodic riffs and leads that have a signature sound embedded in the foundation of metal roots from the Northwest and around the world.

Dave Groves with his monstrous guitar leads and riffs adds another edge to the mechanics and songwriting of Soulbender that only a mother could love. Dave comes from Vancouver Canada out of Tin Pan and Fallen Angel, two Canadian based metal bands.

As a major collaborator and master of odd time signatures, pounding drum machine Wes Hallam also hails from Vancouver. Wes played in both Assault and Fallen Angel before founding Soulbender with Michael and Dave in 2003.

In late 2005 Bassist Chuck Miller from Peace and Silence and Dr. Unknown teamed up with long time friend Michael Wilton to round out and add his 3 finger string pounding bass grooves to the Soulbender Familia. Soulbender is currently working on their sophomore release titled 'Thereism' scheduled for release some time in mid to late 2007.

The band has currently gone under some member changes. At the end of Jan 2007, Nick Pollock and Wes Hallam have stepped down from their roles as lead singer and drummer of the band. The band is currently trying out new singers and drummers and writing new songs. Currently on Drumms is Van Williams from Nevermore, and on Vocals Travis Bracht from Second Coming. Stay tuned for more info as it comes we will post, Thanks for all your support!!!


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Definitely worth having
A solid effort in both production and performance. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is because I'm saving that for the next album. Be advised however that they lost the singer from this record (Pollock), so if you see the show live it won't sound quite the same.

Kim Andrè Tangstad

That was really cool music
Reminds a little of Dope, just a... softer version.
Stay strong, rock on ;D

J Lyson

Great CD and Music
Its Nice to see that somebody can still play rock music and not be afraid to be a heavey!Nice Job to Michael and the guys......


This is the evolution of Mike's previous bands music, The path of the music, not the concepts. I can only hope for more. Maybe with a special guest (for some harmony guitar parts) wink wink


Irma E

Excellent!! Enjoyed all songs at first listen!
I enjoyed this cd all the way through the first time I heard it. Great music that keeps you rockin' with it to the end!! A MUST BUY!!!!

Lisa R.

The heavier side of Wilton's playing unleashed
Once I finally heard this whole cd, I was kicking myself for procrastinating about buying it for so kicks major ass! This is way BETTER than most of the popular bands of this genre (i.e. Godsmack). I really dig the Alice in Chains-esque overtones that the vocals invoke, and most of all, really love the heavy riffs and the killer solos by Michael Wilton and Dave Groves. "The Ocean" and "Three Towers" are stuck in my mind. Definitely worth buying.


SoulBender's got it...and their CD, you Have to have it!
Here's a cliché to be sure but True non-the less. Metal Mastery, this also sums up the final product from listening to this CD. Michael, Nick, Dave and Wes pull their collective talents and styles to produce a debut album that should be in Every Metal CD collection PERIOD. Plus, lying under the dark, heavy and melodic structure is something rare to find in music today and this is a true testament to the long road traveled by the SoulBender boys, to metal itself and more importantly their passion for music. Concordant perfection, its Mature Metal(music) at it's best and this only happens when a group of musicians connect on a sonic level. When a single note compliments a riff compliments a note, or there isn't a single note out of place, not just in tune but connecting with the song on many different levels then your hearing/feeling a connection that compels musicians to write what your listening to. This is what inspires me in music and it's very refreshing to see this find it's way back into metal again. But hey, don't take my word for it...listen to the CD and find out for your self. So in short, SoulBender's got it...and their CD, you Have to have it!

Excellent work guys, I hope you keep 'em coming and thanks for the incredible music.


Kick ASS
It's about time this cd is worth the wait great sound great lyrics and its dark and hard the way metal is supposed to be!!!!!


This cd ROCKS
Wow this cd is very good. Ive waited along time to hear it. From the opening song till the end, there is not a bad song. Some highlights are Fix Me, Samsara, and The Three Towers. This is a cd def. worth geting.


Can't stop listening to this CD!
It's been said already, but I'll say it again. This is a great CD! My boss is a die-hard Queensryche fan, so I bought this for him. As it turns out, I'M the one who can't stop listening to it! Be sure to check it out.
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