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  • Writer's pictureGarcia

“EMBRACING TRAUMA” by Soul Chalice

Soul Chalice is a diverse collective of musicians hailing from various backgrounds and musical genres, uniting to pour their hearts and souls into the metaphorical 'chalice' of music, which they share with the world. Their journey began in 2015 when Dan (guitar) and Mark (bass, vocals) initiated regular jam sessions. It wasn't long before Face (vocals, scratch) joined their ranks in 2017, bringing his lyrical prowess to the mix. Shortly after, AJ (keys, drums) and Tierre (drums) joined the musical family, solidifying the unique sound that defines Soul Chalice.

In 2021, they marked their musical journey with the release of their debut album, 'Enter The Game.' Now, they're excited to announce the release of their latest album, 'Embracing Trauma,' released on August 25 2023. Soul Chalice's 10-track album is a raw and introspective journey through the depths of personal trauma and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of darkness. It's a profound exploration of the universal struggle to find happiness and meaning amidst life's most challenging moments.

The album's standout tracks, "Day by Day," "So Low," and "Struggle is Real," serve as emotional anchors, embodying the central theme of resilience. "Day by Day" offers a glimmer of hope with its steady rhythm and uplifting lyrics, reminding us that even in our darkest hours, progress is possible. "So Low" delves deep into the abyss of despair, capturing the raw vulnerability of facing one's inner demons head-on. Meanwhile, "Struggle is Real" is a gritty anthem that underscores the authenticity of the artist's journey, echoing the universal sentiment that life's challenges are real and formidable.

Throughout the album, their lyrics are both poetic and deeply personal, allowing listeners to connect with the band's pain, but also to find solace in the shared human experience. The music itself is a fusion of genres, reflecting the complexity of the emotional terrain being traversed. From soulful ballads to powerful anthems, each track adds a layer to the narrative, making the album a dynamic and immersive experience.

What sets this album apart is its unwavering message of hope. It reminds us that, regardless of our struggles, we can find light, happiness, and a path forward. Soul Chalice's willingness to confront and share their own trauma invites listeners to confront their own demons and seek healing. In an era where authenticity in music is often celebrated, this album stands as a testament to the power of art to heal, inspire, and unite.

Fortunately, Soul Chalice provides a grounding stylistic presence in the musical landscape because "Embracing Trauma" takes a journey to an entirely different sonic universe. These tracks beckon for multiple plays, and they consistently deliver because it's simply impossible to overlook those synthesized vocals and the immersive industrial sound. What's remarkable is the vivid sonic palette Soul Chalice conjures, creating a powerful and emotionally charged atmosphere that makes it challenging to transition to the closing track. This final piece is delivered with infectious energy and exceptional finesse. Soul Chalice's recording quality is nothing short of fabulous, characterized by clarity and resonance, with the instruments beautifully balanced. The musical notes stand out as exceptional, a testament to the equal artistic collaboration among these talented individuals.Listen to Soul Chalice and their inspirational album "Embracing Trauma" and find more about the band and yourself as well!

Garcia Penned 🖊️


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