Abandoned Souls
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Abandoned Souls

London, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

London, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Rock Metal




""Insightful Minds At Ease"- CD Review"

London's own Abandoned Souls hit their stride quite nicely on this new release. Recorded in The Forest City at Foundation Studios, it's a well produced piece of work that deserves a global audience and will hopefully be rewarded with one. From the songwriting to sonic ambiance to band musicianship, Insightful Minds AT Ease is a cohesive project that shows considerable thought and passion went into the creation and execution of these tracks. Overall, the band has managed to skillfully straddle the line between metal and melody with satisfying results, no mean feat in itself and it is this alchemy of styles that gives the album much of its appeal and power. Time to take this thing out on the road and work it into hit status.
- Rod Nicholson

Performance: B+/ Production: A - Scene Magazine

"Damned If You Don't CD review #1"

Based in the Forest City, well know hard rock band Abandoned Souls are back with another helping of bone crushing heavy metal. Led by lead vocalist/ bassist James Todd, Damned If You Don't also features screaming lead guitar licks from Derek De Kort and pounding drum fills courtesy of Tommy Dobrentey, who was replaced by Steve Thomas following this recording. There's nothing particularly subtle about the 14 tunes on this CD. The group attacks each track with great vigour, barely pausing to catch their breath. Throughout the album, Abandoned Souls deal with life's regrets, handling adversity and defiance of authority. While these are themes that often appear in the metal genre, Abandoned Souls delivers their messages in a solid airtight fashion. - John Sharpe - Scene Magazine

""Some Never Will"- CD Review"

This is the second release from these Canadian rockers. Abandoned Souls energy is a combination of early rock such as Black Sabbath mixed with Alcatrazz with a new collection of rock of Disturbed and Black Stone Cherry.

As I understand this CD has continued where ‘Circles of Shadows’ has left off. This eleven-track collection is full of arena style rock with an intense intimate feel, filling us with hope and anger, making us ask questions and giving us the answers through a collection of classic tracks.

We have 40 minutes of pure pleasure through ‘Some Never Will’, ‘Fire’, and ‘Words of Wisdom’ through ‘Leave Me Alone’ to end with the power of ‘The Ground Beneath’ that leaves you wanting more.

Throughout the CD you do get the new feel of rock that is pushing it way into the system, which is giving the old rockers a run for their money and leaving them for dust. Like ‘Black Stone Cherry’ and ‘Alter Bridge’ Abandoned souls will join the elite with a ground-breaking release.


By Tony Watson - Metalliville.co.uk

""Some Never Will"- CD Review #2"

London's own makers of metal mayhem, Abandoned Souls unleash their second full-length CD and the band's hard work shows in a more confident and polished release. They've stayed true to their hard rock roots but tracks like 'Fire' and 'Words of Wisdom' have hooky elements that are bound to earn them a new legion of fans. There's a definite grunge influence on tracks like 'Leave Me Alone,' which is a great showcase for Jay Hall's commanding vocals. Abandoned Souls have definitely beaten the sophomore jinx with the release of Some Never Will. -- Dave Clarke
Performance: B+/Production: B+
- Scene Magazine

""Some Never Will"- CD Review #3"

Reviewer: Celtic Bob

This is the sophomore release from these Hard Rockers out of London, Ontario. Since their debut in 2006 they have been nominated for 2 London music awards as well as being featured on many music shows and programs.

With this release the band has come more into their own and have a much more uniformed sound. While some of their influences can still be heard, the album is much more consistent. There is a bit more of a modern edge to the songs this time around and are more melodic. Jay’s vocals are very powerful and emotional than on the previous effort which was a decent disc in itself. At times you can almost compare him to the late Layne Stayley from Alice In Chains around the DIRT era, maybe a little heavier. The relatively slow pace of the songs suits this singing style entirely.

Groundbreaking; No but very enjoyable to listen to and one you should check out. - Metal-Rules.com

""Some Never Will"- CD Review #4"

Canadian band ABANDONED SOULS is playing typical Northern American Modern Metal a la DISTURBED, with a touch of NEVERMORE. 11 tunes are included on the band’s new album ‘Some Never Will’, which has a high quality production and could have been a major US label. Only pity is that most of the songs are in the same style, which is midtempo and this is also something that has been a point of discussion on the new albums of SHINEDOWN and DISTURBED, but happily the songs feature some strong melodies here and there, so ABANDONED SOULS can get away with it. They do their job well and fans of mentioned bands should check them out. (Points: 8.0 out of 10) www.strutter.co.nr

- Strutter'Zine


2017: "Make It Last"- 5 song EP
2014: "Insightful Minds At Ease"- 8 song EP
2012: "Damned If You Don't"- full album
2010: "GoDIY Records, Ontario 2"- featuring , "Stop Me Now"
2008: "Some Never Will" - full album
2006: "Circle Of Shadows"- full album
2006: Perris Network compilation cd: featuring "She Rides"
2006: Powercast Radio, Pimpin' the Bands compilation cd:
featuring "Violets"



There is power in a band’s name, like a magic spell, announcing to the world what they are and what they stand for. ABANDONED SOULS summons up images of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, heroic outcasts rising up against impossible odds, to establish their own unique identity.

As vocalist James Todd explains: 

 "The name Abandoned Souls is in reference to all those people out there that have at one time or another felt like the outcast. That common bond and love for this music is what brings all of us Abandoned Souls together.” 

Having played together for years, the bonds that hold ABANDONED SOULS together are... to paraphrase the mighty Judas Priest…Canadian Steel!

Inspired by Alter Bridge, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Judas Priest, Godsmack and Kings X, Todd describes Abandoned Souls’ sound as ‘powerful, heavy, rhythmic, melodic, personal.’ 

The band is super-stoked about their new EP "Make It Last".

“We want to give the fans a pure and unfiltered listening experience, one that reflects us and where we are at in our musical journey and our lives. It is as much a reflection of who we are as musicians as it is of us as people.”

 They see band and fans as one and indivisible. 

“This band has been a very good parallel for the life struggles that a lot of people go through.”

Of course live, Abandoned Souls really let it rip.

 “We don’t just stand up there and look at the ground. We can’t help but get into what we’re doing.”

This is the philosophy behind the title of Abandoned Souls new EP. 

 “’Make It Last’ is a reference to always trying to make the good times in life last as long as you can. As much as possible, try to live every minute like it could be your last…Time is fleeting, so…Make It Last!”

"Make It Last" was released on April 29th, 2017 and is available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and all major online retailers.


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