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The next band that came up was what the fuck I was talking about. Soul Made Visible. Loud guitars, double bass, a confident front man with a full scream. Judging by the fare of the previous bands (and then the later bands after them) I feel like this is too hard for this crowd. And to speak even louder about these guys, they seem to love what they're doing. Figure in Taproot singing vocals with one of the cleanest screams I've ever heard. Combine Mudvayne with Static-X and the product is the frontman of Soul Made Visible.

They have an EP dropping soon. Hopefully I can get a hold of it. When they play their more "radio friendly" material, it's definitely not as entertaining as when they play their harder stuff, but it's still good music, again, coming close to Taproot in similarity. I really hope that they sound as good on CD as they do live, because this is a band I could get into. I'd love to check these guys out again. -

It's a love hate thing..... (Soul Made Visible) *review*

I just recieved a little box in the mail. It made the trip from New York all the way to Alabama to pay me a visit. Now you must understand that Alabamians, do not like anything from New York. For lack of a better word they despise New York. I guess it is because New Yorker's are Yankee's. And for those of you who slept in 3rd period American History class, you missed out on the fact that the "Yankee's" ended up kickin them southern boy's ass' all the way back to Dixieland, in a lil tussle that became known as the Civil War.

They say history repeat's itself...........

They were right!.......

I just listened to the four track self titled Soul Made Visible release. Them Yankees have done it again. I just got my ass kicked!

Bryan Cullen, Jandro Nazario, John McPartland, and Anthony Soriano. I would just like to say "You slayed me" SMV is what I like to call a (Hyding Dr.Jeckyll) band.

What that means in my terminology is.......

Transitional Madmen!! They take the listener for a walk. No, more like a waltz, we will call this waltz the "Dark Watusi" They hook you with butterscotch smooth melodies, as the rythm is burning a hole in your head because you just know your in for a climactic explosion of unbridled rage..........

They tease you , just a bit longer........

Then WHAMO!!! they turn into Dr.Jeckyll. They break you down with chaotic riffage, and primal screams that can only come from the depths of ones inner mad scientist. It is borderline genious they way they lead you around the song by both ears.

Just when you thought "man can it get any better?" They hook you one more time , and its Dark Watusi all over again. They pulled the ole' snake charmer technique on my ass too....

Snake charmer technique is when my grape goes into uncontrolled bobblehead mode. Yes, grape means my head. Well, it used too. After SMV was finished pounding away through it, all it is now is a caranium full of fine wine!

It is however a Love Hate thing. See I love the undiscovered Underground, because its a personal deal. Stingy as it sounds but its like I can have them all to myself. Its a hate deal because sometimes they grow up out of that lil personal space you been keeping them pinned up in, they become bigger, and bigger then all you can do is give them massive support, and turn them loose on the cold, harsh, world.

This is one of those time's......

Cold , Harsh , World.......

Your next!! Your about to go dancing, that's right the Dark Watusi.

Cold, Harsh , World........

Prepare yourselves for an Ass Kicking!

You slayed me!

~Tommy "BoNzAi" Lee~
SKRU Radio

- SKRU Radio's Band of the Week for 4/3 - 4/7




- Fearless Radio

Radio Interview for "Prison Break" 4pm-7pm everyday on C.W. Post webradio. - CW Post Radio "Prison Break"

This month I checked out the brand new CD from the band Soul Made Visible entitled “Innocence Lost”. The band features Bryan - Vocals, Dave - Drums, Jandro - Guitars, John - Bass, and Irving - Guitars. The album has a very dark feel to it. The album features ten well produced tracks full of aggressive hard driven bone crushing metal mixed with hard rock riffs, vocals with intense screams, growls and melodic vocals to smooth it all out. You never really know what to really expect, because of the many different influences that the band possesses.

The album was produced and mixed by current Black Market Hero and former 40 Below Summer members Joey D’Amico and Max Illidge, who also worked on the bands last EP. This CD is a new chapter for the band. The opening title track is an invitation into the mind of SMV and starts off very heavy with guitar alone and then the band just kicks in with Bryan screaming “Liar”. Once the song kicks in, you hear clean vocals that are soothing yet somewhat intense.

After listening to one song you will feel the need to go to the next track and so forth. I found myself lost amongst the head banging during the screams as they were mixed with these hard-hitting drumbeats, which would change during the chorus sections in the songs. You’re never going to get the same thing twice on “Innocence Lost”. The band throws in so many different riffs and changes that at times you’re not sure what’s going on, but you do not want it to stop. A great example would be track 6, “Finality”. The song starts out slowly with a riff that could be used for either a hard core or death metal song. Then the clean vocals kick in with Bryan’s intense screeching leading into a chorus that is so melodic full of harmonies that you think it’s a different song, but in this case it’s not a bad thing. That’s what I enjoy about this band, why do you want to listen to the same thing over and over again? I certainly don’t and that’s why I enjoy this band’s music.

I love how guitarists Irving and Jandro feed off of each other, as well as John’s hard pounding bass, backing the several different drumming styles that Dave brings to the table. He goes from double bass to a steady drumbeat. Top it off with Bryan’s interchangeable vocals. You can hear it through every track. “Piece of Mind” is the song that sounds more like a hard rock song then anything else; very Stone Temple Pilots at times, although, there is a part where it reminds me of the metal band Chimaira. The chorus is very catchy and I find myself singing along to it. I love when the song slows down and becomes very trippy and mellow, and all of the sudden works its way back up through this hard hitting beat that Dave throws in.

The song “Funeral Pyre” was chosen to be the bands single and is probably one the catchiest songs on here. It’s so chilling how the anger is thrown right at you from the opening scream “It’s in my head”. The chorus, just like every song on here, has a message the band is trying to convey, but that is really for you, the listener to decipher. “Oh set my world on fire, right in front of you, oh see my last desire finally coming true”, You can take those lyrics, and pretty much all of the lyrics on the entire album, and interpret them in any way, even though there may be a clear meaning.
On the song “Dead in The Eyes” there is a line that goes, “Break the mold, no need to question, don’t have to justify who you want to be”. I would say that this is a very strong message coming from this band. This is what I enjoy about the song writing on this CD.

The band re-recorded a more intense version of “Repent”, which was on their last EP. The vocal harmonies on this version are 100 times better. The song had more substance to it this time around. There is something incredible about the way the screams in the chorus blend in with the harmonies that are taking place in the chorus. You feel as though you are in the middle of a hurricane yet you’re enjoying every second of it.

SMV decided to rerecord two older songs, one from their first EP and one that never made the cut on to a recording. “Enjoy The Ride” and a secret track which is a song that you’ll have to figure out for yourselves. The CD cover portrays a little girl outside staring into a decaying house, walls cracking and all. If you look closely the couch is partially in good condition on one end, and ready to fall apart on the other. There is another girl inside, face covered in dirt and decay, yet there is still some hidden beauty throughout the dirt it almost matches the house. Definitely a lot of symbolism taking place. I was told that she was the same girl who was on the cover of the last EP. If you’re looking for a CD that has many different elements in the music and song writing approach, as well as music that will keep your head moving throughout the whole experience, then this is the CD for you. You can find “Innocence Lost” on itunes as well as any Soul Made Visible show. “Innocence Lost” definitely gets the RadioJ seal of approval. -

Soul Made Visible is a great band from the Long Island Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene. They have just released their debut E.P. which was produced by Max Illidge (40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero) and features him and Joey D’amico (40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero) on some tracks. "Repent" starts this E.P. off and it doesn’t relent when Max joins them to sing on "Requiem". "Chrysalis" and "Black Orchid" round off this great record. The songs are tight the choruses sick and the ability of this band to grow is phenomenal. Go check them out at Catch them now don’t be the last to know. -

Bryan Cullen, the lead singer of Soul Made Visible shares his insights on the band, the CD, and the music scene today.

FP: How long have you been singing?
BC: I‘ve been singing my entire life. Through church, school, high school cover bands, and finally in a kick-ass original band.

FP: How did you guys come together as a band?
BC: Our rhythm guitarist, Jandro started the band in 2002, and brought me in to try out a few months later. We clicked immediately and started writing tunes. We started playing gigs within the year and haven’t stopped since.

FP: How has the reception been for your CD thus far?
BC: People are loving it. We’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from everybody. The most common comment has been “how are you guys not signed yet?”

FP: Have you experienced any lineup changes?
BC: Way too many lineup changes. Jandro and I are actually the only original members of the band. We’ve been through multiple drummers, bassists and lead guitarists. Thankfully, we have a really solid lineup now that’s gonna be permanent. We’re like family. The members of the band now are Soul Made Visible.

FP: In the war raging between the hip-hop/pop/rap/rock/metal/hardcore/etc., how do you guys fit into the mix?
BC: It’s funny, but we really seem to cross over into several different genres. We’ve had metalheads, alternative fans and hip-hop lovers all come up to us after a show and tell us that they love what they heard. We also don’t really want to categorize ourselves. We’re always changing our sound, forever evolving into something different. We don’t intentionally try to cater to any group of fans, but rather leave ourselves open to be listened to by anyone.

FP: Who would you consider your main musical influences?
BC: It’s hard to pick a singular influence because I have so many, but vocal-wise I would have to list Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Chad Grey of Mudvayne. The hardest, most guttural screams around mixed with great hooks and clean melodic vocals.

FP: What made you want to play this type of music?
BC: I’m a fan of most types of music, but the metal/hardcore genre is what really speaks to me. I find it really easy to express the type of messages I want to put into my lyrics when set to heavire music. Not that they are all necessarily angry lyrics, but I write very emotionally driven songs and the best way to convey that is through screaming my ass off, haha. I also love the way the fans of this type of music react when we play live. There is nothing like watching a few hundred people bouncing off of each other and headbanging to what you’re playing to get the adrenaline flowing. It makes us play better.

FP: Do you feel the music scene has changed substantially since you first became involved in it? Is it hard to find a loyal following?
BC: I think the local music scene has changed a lot. There are only a few major promoters in the area who book all the major clubs, and they work with a few select bands, so it’s really difficult for a local band to get heard in front of a substantial crowd. Luckily, we’ve had a group of rabid fans that have been there since the beginning, and they continue to show up without fail. We also pick up a bunch of new fans at every show we play, so the fan base is always growing.

FP: Do you have any notable show stories you’d care to share? How does it feel to play to a receptive crowd? How about one that hated your sound?
BC: Easily the most memorable performance for me was playing the Jagermeister Tour at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia with Disturbed and A Dozen Furies. There were about 4,000 people there and almost none of them knew who the hell we were, but they reacted to us like they were our best friends. I told them to put their horns up, and they did…all of them…it was a little freaky. We haven’t really had a full crowd that just wasn’t into us, but we did have one guy write to us to tell us that I suck and I’m destroying the band. Ouch. I think an 80 year old woman came up to us after a show and said she didn’t like us. But that’s cool. She’s not exactly in our prime demographic.

FP: What do you believe the band’s biggest weakness is at this point?
BC: It’s difficult not to get too comfortable in where we are and what we’re doing. Even though we’re having the time of our lives at the level we’re at now, we have to keep reminding ourselves to push to the next step, to get to the next level because we have an ultimate goal of becoming a national touring signed band, and we can’t ever slow down in our pursuit of that goal.

FP: Where do you see music in the world headed in the near future?
BC: It seems that the lines between different genres of music are blurring more and more every day. It’s not at all uncommon anymore to hear a band with both metal and rap influences or even metal and jazz in some cases, which suits us just fine because we’re kind of a junkyard dog of musical influences ourselves. When people can stop trying to segregate themselves into a certain scene and just like music for being good music, it’ll work out better for bands and fans alike. I think we’re getting there.

FP: How do you feel about the new surge in the online music scene? What is your opinion on downloading?
BC: The online community has been really a great tool for us. MySpace and similar sites provide an avenue for an independent band to get their music to an enormous amount of people. That sort of publicity just never existed before the internet. As far as downloading goes, if a band chooses to put songs out there for people to download for free, great, go for it. But I‘m against downloading music that the band didn’t intend to give away, unless you then go out and buy the band’s CD or buy a ticket to a show or something. As long as it doesn’t take away the band’s livelihood, it’s cool.

FP: Is it difficult to balance what you want to accomplish musically with the rest of your lives?
BC: Sometimes, but basically, our music is our life. This is what we want to do for a career, so almost everything else takes a back seat. It helps when your friends and family are supportive of what you’re trying to do, like ours are.

FP: Where do you see the band a year from now?
BC: We are currently in the studio with Max and Joe from 40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero recording our first full-length album. A year from now I’d love to say we would have the attention of a few major record labels, or we got an opening slot on a national tour. It’s what we’re gunning for, anyway. Stay tuned and see!
- First Phase Magazine -


(2003) Broken Not Shattered EP - select tracks streaming on

(2006) Soul Made Visible - select tracks streaming on and receiving airplay on WRHU (NY), CW Post Web Radio (NY), Aural Fix Radio (NY), (IL), SKRU Radio (AL) and (AZ)

(2008) Innocence Lost - select tracks streaming on and receiving airplay on Music Choice - Metal, 92.3 K-Rock (NY), WRHU (NY), CW Post Web Radio (NY), Aural Fix Radio (NY), (IL), SKRU Radio (AL) and (AZ)



Spawned among the Long Island, NY metal/hardcore scene, Soul Made Visible was born in the Spring of 2002. The band was formed by guitarist Jandro Nazario, who recruited vocalist Bryan Cullen, bassist John McPartland, drummer Dave Kerensky and, in late 2008, guitarist Andrew Danesi to complete the lineup. The group fuses a blend of fierce rhythms, brutal riffs, punishing breakdowns and primal screams coupled with melodic segues and driving anthemic hooks. This dichotomy within their sound has gained them fans across the metal, hardcore and alternative scenes as well as the ability to bring both sexes together in the pit.

In the Spring of 2003, SMV recorded the "Broken Not Shattered" EP. Independently released, tracks from the CD were handed out at live shows and distributed throughout New York. This, married with a tight and energetic stage show began building the band’s fan base and sparked interest from several independent record labels. In late 2005, the band teamed with Max Illidge and Joe D’Amico of 40 Below Summer and Black Market Hero to record a self-titled EP which has received local, college and internet radio play and expanded their fan base even further. The group has performed for local rock radio showcases including WBAB’s Homegrown Talent Showcase, played at the 2004 CMJ Music Festival in NYC, the 2005 Jagermeister Tour in Philadelphia and Ohio's 2007 Independence Fest and 2008 Woodshock festival.

2009 promises to quicken the band’s exponential rise, as they have kicked off the year by signing a deal with independent label MEI Records, and continue to assault venues accross the nation in support of their first full-length cd "Innocence Lost". The group writes at a feverish pace, often showcasing new material at several live shows in a row, continuing to refine and structure their sound into the brutal lullaby it has become.

Soul Made Visible has performed with major label and national acts such as Disturbed, Filter, Ill Nino, Soulfly, Bloodsimple, Throwdown, Nothingface, Flaw, Otep, 40 Below Summer, Black Market Hero, A Dozen Furies, 3 Inches of Blood, The Autumn Offering, Silent Civilian, Bobaflex, Suicide City, Manntis, Emmure, Stemm, Forever in Terror, Bile and Twiztid.