SOiL, the Chicago hard rock veterans, will release the new album Play It Forward, a covers album with respect to their musical influences and inspirations, on 26 August 2022 through Cleopatra Records.
The third single from the album released is a hypercharged version of Halsey’s Nightmare, following on from Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World and the Foo Fighters Monkey Wrench in honour of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Other tracks are versions of White Zombie, The Ramones and Leadbelly songs.
“When we were approached by Cleopatra Records with the idea to record a covers album, it seemed both exciting and challenging,” SOiL bassist Tim King said. “Outside of the song Black Betty we have never really covered any songs before. This gave us a chance to explore some songs we enjoyed growing up on and also take songs that were never intended to be hard rock or Metal and put our own spin on them.
“It proved to be quite the challenge with our down tuning and figuring out all the different parts and effects in the original versions that you never quite notice during casual listens. The songs we thought were going to be super easy turned out to be the most challenging.
“In the end, we were very happy with the way it all came out, and we feel it will give the SOiL fans something to enjoy and have fun with. That was our main goal. To do something fun in the wake of all the horrible things that have been going on in the world.”