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The gloves are off, and Soil has come out swinging. From the first shards of opening track 'Fight For Life,' to the firestorm that follows in lead single 'Give It Up' and the bitter litany...

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The gloves are off, and Soil has come out swinging.

From the first shards of opening track 'Fight For Life,' to the firestorm that follows in lead single 'Give It Up' and the bitter litany of 'Threw It Away,' one thing is perfectly clear about Soil's third full-length album, and first for DRT Entertainment: Mixing metallic slabs of blinding fury with melodic interludes of passive restraint, True Self is the coming-of-age of a band hell-bent on making hard rock and heavy metal take notice.

'The whole premise of this new record was to take the elements that our fans knew and loved about Soil and bring them to a new level,' says bassist Tim King. 'Musically, the same core that Soil has always had is still intact, but we've added a new dimension lyrically and have taken things further'but instead of taking one step forward, we've taken five.'

Recommended by Static-X namesake Wayne Static and DamagePlan front man Pat Lachman, there was never a doubt that Cavalier was the missing piece Soil had been seeking. 'It was like getting handed a diamond and going, 'Is this thing real?'' recalls King of their initial meeting with the singer. 'Personally, musically, vocally, he was everything we could have ever wanted. It happened so fast, and was so perfect; it's as if it was meant to be. Sometimes fate just comes knocking at your door, though, and we just decided to go for it.'

More pronounced musicianship. More solos and guitar leads. More key changes. And more of the components that make True Self a testament to the hard rock and heavy metal ideals that the members of Soil were raised on. The addition of producer Ulrich Wild [Pantera, Rob Zombie, Static-X] proved the final addition to an already incendiary mix. 'Instead of trying to rework and remold the songs we had, he embarked and embellished on what we had, made it stronger, tightened it up and added his little flair to it,' says King, with Glass adding, 'He just let us go and be ourselves. He would tell us if he thought we were going too far, or if he had a problem with song structure here or there, but he never asked us to stop being ourselves, and that method ruled.'

Friction seems to be the key to Soil in 2006, whether it is the change in labels or members, or the abrasive nature that claws through the surface of the band's songs. 'Anger, riffs and grooves'' sums Cavalier of the music, and he's not far from the mark, as True Self build upon all three in becoming one of the most jarring metal albums in recent memory.