SOULSPLITTER is a Germany-based Progressive Metal collective consisting of Simon Kramer (guitars), Felix Jacobs (bass), Fenix Gayed (drums) and Sami Gayed (vocals) as well as collaborators from diverse artistic fields.
After their critically acclaimed debut record Salutogenesis (2019) SOULSPLITTER are finally back with their second effort Connection.
Connection builds upon the principles of a total work of art: A dramaturgically coherent album concept finds itself embedded in epic yet groovy and catchy compositions, virtuosic musical mastership, pristine production quality and an interdisciplinary approach to the visualization of the record.
SOULSPLITTER stay true to their signature sound where heavy guitars and intricate rhythms meet with strings and piano in prominent roles – Connection offers a whole new angle on their musical mastery however. With the focus on contemporary songwriting and a modern sound design SOULSPLITTER are clearly refining their style – not through a “more of the same”-mentality but on the contrary through staying open to new influences and opportunities to create the best record they are capable of.
SOULSPLITTER are hungry for more and here to stay.
Thematically, Connection deals with the psychological process of recognizing and reintegrating repressed parts of ones personality. In a society where how we are being perceived by others seems to be of increasing importance it is a daunting task to look for answers within: to face past traumas, challenge internalized beliefs and move past ones fears and limitations. The new record shall be seen as an encouragement for everyone who is willing to do the necessary work to unlock their innate potential and take responsibility for a better world.
"The technical prowess is most certainly there, but the compositions and tracks never rely on simply inhumane execution or sounding weird just for the sake of it. (...) It’s incredible how unpredictably wanton but maturely serious an act can be on their first release, and it’s also very easy to start to foretell that Soulsplitter‘s future is a blindingly glaring one." - EVERYTHING IS NOISE
"I can’t help but award this ambitious work of art with the highest rating. One can only guess what these talented artists have in store for us in the years to come, but if “Salutogenesis” is any indication of their creative talent and imaginative power, we might be in for another massive treat." - THE PROGSPACE - 5/5
"Music should always have the ability to transcend you, and SOULSPLITTER achieve this with aplomb. (...) With other prog bands turning to pop for inspiration, SOULSPLITTER are turning to the arts and it’s incredibly inspiring and reassuring. This is the beginning of something special." - METALMANCE
"With this magical and amazing piece SOULSPLITTER just redefined music in general, nothing less." - PROFILPROG - 9.4/10
"This is ultimately the direction that we would predict Periphery would reach in 6-7 albums time. (...)The breadth of the albums musicanship is stunningly beautiful, full of ideas of light and shade, contrast and emotion. An epic piece of work, it demands your full attention and gives something fresh in each repeated listen (...)" - METALNOISE - 8.5/10
"(...) this album is definitely, almost defiantly, grandiose in its scope and range. It’s an album which doesn’t lack for ambition and very likely the only difference between Soulsplitter and Queen is the latter’s music is more commercially oriented." - VELVETTHUNDER
"In 'Salutogenesis' steckt weitaus mehr drin, mehr als zu schildern erdenklich ist. Das ist Kunst. Das ist ein Kollektiv. Das sind Künstler. Das ist Musik. Das ist kreativ und einzigartig." - STREETCLIP.DE - 9/10
„Das Debüt von Soulsplitter ist zweifellos das spannendste Progalbum des Jahres aus deutschen Landen. Die Band verknüpft souverän Einflüsse aus Progmetal, Djent, Metalcore, Jazz, moderner Klassik und Avantgarde, ohne dass es aufgesetzt wirkt. „Salutogenesis“ ist ein einstündiger Trip der Extraklasse, der zur stetigen Wiederholung einlädt.“ - ECLIPSED Magazin 02/2020 – 8,5/10 // Album des Monats 12/19
"[...] schon lange hat mich kein Debüt einer Band mehr so sehr überwältigt wie Soulsplitters 'Salutogenesis'. Zeitlos genial!" - BETREUTES PROGGEN - 14/15
"I take my hat off to Soulsplitter's musical talents and their abilities to create something unique, imaginative, varied, and mature sounding for a debut. Salutogenesis enlarged my personal scope of progressive rock and will take a prominent position on my top 10 album-of-the-year-list." - DPRP.net - 8.5/10
SOULSPLITTER is all about the music. But also about performance, emotions, experiences and images. It is therefore drawing in artists from all branches, aiming to create extensive, genre-bending projects – while also striving to provide inspirational and meaningful content to foster catharsis and space for personal development and connection between both the recipients and the artists themselves.