SOTO – Origami (Review)

Artist: Soto
Album: Origami
Genre: Metal
Label: InsideOutMusic
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron


Jeff Scott Soto has been making music since he was literally a teenager.  Soto’s spectacular vocals became known early on, thanks to being chosen as Yngwie Malmsteen’s vocalist on his first two solo albums.  Following his tenure with Malmsteen, Soto has been almost constantly active in music and is one of the true journeymen of rock music. Jeff Scott Soto has an incredible range and is quite an adaptable vocalist, singing everything from straight up heavy metal, to soul music.  He’s accomplished a lot in the AOR scene as well as the metal genre. Having been a fan of his work for many years, I was excited to hear that he was indeed releasing a new SOTO album in 2019 entitled “Origami”.

It’s great to hear Jeff return to his more heavier metal roots on this album.  I like the mixture of sounds that the band brings here with HyperMania as the opening track.  It’s an electronically fused metal song that has a unique quality to it as opposed to other bands that I have heard which tried to mix these two distinct sounds. While most bands can’t quite pull it off without it sounding cliche’ and boring, SOTO does a great job of making it sounds fresh, interesting and above all, a great treat to listen to.  The title track “Origami” is one of my favorites and gives both the band and Jeff a chance to rip it to shreds in the best possible way.  Origami almost sounds like it could have been a Yngwie track with a more updated sound and modern approach. It’s a fitting title track and one listen should make you a fan if you’ve never been properly introduced to SOTO‘s work before.  Other standout songs for me include BeLie, Dance With the Devil, Give In To Me and World Gone Colder.

Musically the band is simply on fire.  Guitarist Jorge Salan has some amazing solos that simply have to be heard to be believed.  His technique is fantastic and some of these solo runs are blazing with speed and style.  I mentioned the electronic overtones earlier, and they are tastefully done throughout the entire album.  They add a lot of depth without ever being overpowering or over-used. The rhythm section of Tony Dickinson and Edu Cominato is heavy and super tight.  Jeff’s vocals really shine on this album and have a distinct maturity both in sound and lyrics that many singers only dream of having.

SOTO has created an album with Origami that you will want to listen to again and again. With each repeated listen it just gets better.  I would venture to say that many of these tracks will be considered modern-day classics, especially the title song “Origami”.  If you’re a fan of melodic metal, you simply can’t afford to miss this one. It’s truly spectacular!

Track Listing:

  1. HyperMania
  2. Origami
  3. BeLie
  4. World Gone Colder
  5. Detonate
  6. Torn
  7. Dance With The Devil
  8. AfterGlow
  9. Vanity Lane
  10. Give In To Me
  11. KMAG * (Bonus Track)


Band Members:

Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Jorge Salan – Guitar
Tony Dickinson – Bass
BJ – Keys/Guitar
Edu Cominato – Drums


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