SOILWORK
Melodic Death Metal • Sweden

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Soilwork is a swedish melodic death metal band formed in late 1995, originally under the name Inferior Breed in Helsingborg, Sweden. In 1996, they changed their name to Soilwork to better fit their new sound. Their unique sound is a fusion of the classic gothenburg metal sound with power-groove riffs of late 1970s, early 1980s British, and European metal, but in their most recent albums they have also introduced elements from American alternative metal and adopted a more melodic attitude. Their most recent work has more singing and lighter melodies than their earlier work, as well as a more polished production that brings out the strength of the drums.

In 2005, the band began to gain minor commercial success in the United States. Stabbing the Drama reached #12 and #21 on the Billboard Heatseeker and Independent album charts, respectively. They played the 2005 Ozzfest alongside gothenburg melodic death metal band
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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Steelbath Suicide
Melodic Death Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
The Chainheart Machine
Melodic Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 9 ratings
A Predator's Portrait
Melodic Death Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.97 | 8 ratings
Natural Born Chaos
Melodic Death Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.05 | 6 ratings
Figure Number Five
Melodic Death Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.92 | 8 ratings
Stabbing the Drama
Melodic Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.58 | 5 ratings
Sworn to a Great Divide
Melodic Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 7 ratings
The Panic Broadcast
Melodic Death Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.14 | 10 ratings
The Living Infinite
Melodic Death Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 4.48 | 5 ratings
The Ride Majestic
Melodic Death Metal 2015

SOILWORK EPs & splits

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The Early Chapters
Melodic Death Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Beyond the Infinite
Melodic Death Metal 2014

SOILWORK live albums

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The Sledgehammer Files
Melodic Death Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Death Resonance
Melodic Death Metal 2016

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Rejection Role
Melodic Death Metal 2003
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Stabbing the Drama
Melodic Death Metal 2005
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Light the Torch
Melodic Death Metal 2006
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Exile
Melodic Death Metal 2007

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SOILWORK Death Resonance

Boxset / Compilation · 2016 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Death Resonance" is a compilation album by Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork. The compilation was released through Nuclear Blast Records in August 2016. Soilwork´s latest studio album at this point was "The Ride Majestic (2015)", which is their 10th full-length studio album, so Soilwork had plenty of material to chose from. "Death Resonance" is not a "best of" compilation though, but instead a rarities collection of tracks recorded between 2005 and 2016.

The compilation opens with two completely new tracks, which were recorded exclusively for this release in "Helsinki" and "Death Resonance". Both are high quality compositions, but since Soilwork´s standards are so incredibly high, I´ll allow myself to call them good but not as great as their best material. "The End Begins Below the Surface" is a Japanese bonus track off "The Ride Majestic (2015)", and again it´s a quality composition, but nothing too special when taking the band´s full discography into consideration. The five tracks off the "Beyond the Infinite (2014)" EP follow and to my ears they are the highlights of the compilation. High quality compositions which were left off the double album "The Living Infinite (2013)", but which could just as well have been included on that album as these aren´t what you normally associate with leftovers/B-side single tracks. A track like "My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool" is so damn catchy it´s almost a criminal act, that it was left off the full-length album.

Then follows several Japanese bonus tracks off "Stabbing the Drama (2005)", "Sworn to a Great Divide (2007)", and "The Panic Broadcast (2010)". Among them a re-recording of "Sadistic Lullabye", which is found in it´s original version on "Steelbath Suicide (1998)", but in this version it was included as a Japanese bonus track on "The Panic Broadcast (2010)". The tracks off "Stabbing the Drama (2005)", "Sworn to a Great Divide (2007)" are remixed. All tracks are quality material, but few stand out as anything out of the ordinary for Soilwork. And that goes for both the quality of the material but also stylistically, where there are very few surprises if you´re already familiar with Soilwork´s melodic death metal style and lead vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid´s distinct aggressive snarling and clean vocals.

Some tracks feature more interesting sound productions than others, but they are all very well produced, featuring powerful, clear, and detailed productions, which suit the material perfectly. Upon conclusion "Death Resonance" is yet another high quality release by Soilwork, and while not all tracks on the compilation are equally interesting (or at least don´t stand out much in the band´s discography) a 4 star (80%) rating is still deserved.

SOILWORK The Ride Majestic

Album · 2015 · Melodic Death Metal
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"The Ride Majestic" is the 10th full-length studio album by Swedish metal act Soilwork. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in August 2015. It´s the successor to the double album "The Living Infinite" from 2013, although the "Beyond the Infinite (2014)" EP does bridge the gap between the two album releases. The lineup from the last album is intact.

Following up the hugely successful "The Living Infinite (2013)", must have been a daunting task, but with Soilwork you just know that they are up for the job. And "The Ride Majestic" doesn´t disappoint if you enjoyed "The Living Infinite (2013)", as it more or less continues down the same melodic extreme metal path as the predecessor did. Energetic and powerful rhythms, heavy and faster paced guitar riffs, melodic guitar solos and lead themes, atmosphere enhancing keyboards (nice production detail letting the listener hear what the keyboards contribute with in the closing minute of "Enemies In Fidelity"), and Björn "Speed" Strid´s shouting/screaming- and clean vocals in front. Soilwork writes incredibly melodic and hook laden material, that sometimes borders pop accessibility (just take a listen to tracks like "Death In General" or "Enemies In Fidelity" for proof of that), but they balance the sweetness with some relatively hard edged riffs, fast and powerful drumming (even occasional blast beats), and Strid´s harsh vocals. An example of the more hard edged material that is also found on the album is the dark and fast paced "The Phantom", which to my ears is one of the highlights of the album.

The musicianship is on a high level on all posts, and you are not in doubt that these six guys are seasoned musicians. Strid is always worth a mention for his strong voice and passionate delivery, but the whole band are tight playing and performs with conviction and great skill. "The Ride Majestic" is well produced too and features a powerful and clear sounding production, which brings out the best in the music.

Featuring 11 tracks and a full playing time of 49:50 minutes, "The Ride Majestic" is overall a more easily accessible album than "The Living Infinite (2013)". While it´s not my personal opinion, I know some listeners found the double album format a little overlong, and for those listeners "The Ride Majestic" is probably more to their tastes. I can´t say I think there´s been much development in sound since the predecessor, but there are still some of Strid´s clean vocal melodies which catch me a bit off guard, and that slight "surprise" element is still enough to set this album apart from it´s predecessors and to prevent the band´s core style from growing stale. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

SOILWORK Steelbath Suicide

Album · 1998 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Steelbath Suicide" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork. The album was released through Listenable Records in May 1998. It was re-released in 2000 through Century Media Records with a different cover artwork and a live bonus track. Soilwork formed in 1995 under the Inferior Breed monicker, but changed their name to the current monicker in 1996. Soilwork recorded the 5 track "In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake" demo in 1997 and upon a chance meeting with Michael Amott (Arc Enemy, Carcass, Spiritual Beggars), they gave him a copy of the demo, which led to the record deal with Listenable Records. Soilwork went through a couple of lineup shuffles in their early years and just before recording "Steelbath Suicide", keyboard player Carlos Holmberg and bassist Ola Flink were added to the lineup.

The addition of a keyboard player to the lineup, is something that would change the band´s sound a lot through the years, but on "Steelbath Suicide", the keyboards are more restrained and mostly work as atmosphere enhancers. The music on the album is melodic death metal influenced by fellow Swedish artists like At the Gates and especially In Flames. Mostly fast paced and energetic with high pitched raw and snarling vocals (no clean vocals on this album) and loads of melodic guitar themes and solos. The musicianship is brilliant. The delivery is tight and passionate. Considering the fact that this is a debut album, it´s actually pretty impressive how well playing Soilwork is.

The material is generally of high quality, and while not all tracks stick out equally much, the album as a whole works really well. The sound production is raw but profesionally produced. Some of the band´s later works have a tendency to sound a bit too polished, but that´s not the case here and the sound production suits the music well. Upon conclusion "Steelbath Suicide" is one hell of a debut album and certainly an album that Soilwork can be proud of. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SOILWORK Beyond the Infinite

EP · 2014 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Beyond the Infinite" is an EP release by Swedish metal act Soilwork. The limited edition EP was released through Avalon/Marquee Records in September 2014 and is exclusive to the Asian market. "Beyond the Infinite" features five outtakes/unreleased tracks from "The Living Infinite (2013)" sessions. Believe it or not, but there were actually leftover tracks from that double album release.

Stylistically the five tracks on the 21:49 minutes long EP are pretty much in line with the melodic death metal tracks featured on "The Living Infinite (2013)", but with a little twist here and there, which makes it understandable but not wildly obvious that it was these five tracks which weren´t included on the album. There are just some small details, and in some cases a slightly less infectious chorus melody than usual for Soilwork, which points in the direction that the tracks on "Beyond the Infinite" were outtakes. Musically this is melodic death metal with both raw semi-growling/screaming vocals and many clean vocal parts, melodic lead guitar work and heavy and fast death/thrashy riffing, very fast precision drumming, and keyboards used for effect and atmosphere. In other words, the sound of Soilwork.

And that´s about it, because overall the material is very well written, incredibly well performed, and as well produced as the material on "The Living Infinite (2013)". So if you´re a fan of that album, "Beyond the Infinite" is definitely worth your time and money. a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SOILWORK The Living Infinite

Album · 2013 · Melodic Death Metal
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"The Living Infinite" is the 9th full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February/March 2013. "The Living Infinite" is a double album featuring two discs, both around the 40 minutes mark in length. The lineup have seen quite a change since the release of "The Panic Broadcast (2010)", as guitarist/composer Peter Wichers left Soilwork for the second time in 2012. New guitarist is David Andersson (Mean Streak, The Night Flight Orchestra), who in addition to playing guitar also wrote most tracks on the album along with lead vocalist (and now only original member again) Björn “Speed” Strid.

The music on the album is unmistakably the sound of Soilwork, new contributing composer or not. Björn “Speed” Strid has sailed this ship for years and will undoubtedly make sure that Soilwork will always sound like Soilwork. Soilwork have of course added new elements over the years and developed their sound, but every release by the band feature their signature sound, which is just one of the great qualities of this particular band. The music features aggressive distorted vocals (somewhere between intelligible high end growling and more "core" type screaming) and clean vocals as we´ve become used to over the years, strong death thrashy guitar riffing and nice rythmic variation (drummer Dirk Verbeuren is on fire on this album playing everything from furious blast beats to intricate groove laden beats played both fast, mid and slow paced), more atmospheric/melodic chord progressions and the occasional brilliant lead guitar work. There are generally very few solos on the album, but the two guitarists still play some impressive fast and melodic lead themes. It´s safe to say that the musicianship on the album are absolutely brilliant across the line. But of course that´s no surprise...

...however it´s the songwriting that takes the prize on "The Living Infinite". First of all I have seldom come across a double album with no filler material! That´s an achivement in itself. I had my doubts about the double album concept when I first heard about it, but my fears have been put to shame. Each and every track on "The Living Infinite" are not only worth listening to, they are cleverly composed too. The band are known for their soaring "pop melody" clean sung choruses, and here those choruses are more than ever before delivered with great impact and emotion. Very catchy and instantly memorable. But the band don´t forget to kick ass and you´ll be treated to lots of fast aggressive sections too. The band seamlessly combine the two stylistic elements and miraculously make them work wonders together. A testament to how great composers Soilwork actually are. The level of sophistication put into the songwriting on this album is admirable.

There are several highligts on the album like album opener "Spectrum of Eternity", the very melodic and very Devin Townsend influenced "The Windswept Mercy" or the closing semi-progressive heavy and epic closer "Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard", which is one of the tracks on the album where Soilwork leave their comfort zone with great success. The latter is actually penned by keyboard player Sven Karlsson and bassist Ola Flink and might feature a couple of closing minutes that sound slightly too close to something Gojira could have conjured up, but what the hell! It sounds fantastic, brings variation to the album and introduces new stylistic elements to the band´s sound, that they can further explore on subsequent releases should they wish to.

The fact that the whole thing is packed in a powerful and detailed sound production that brings out the best in the tracks is not exactly an issue either and it´s actually pretty hard to come up with anything negative to say about "The Living Infinite". I guess some of the tracks fall into the slightly formulaic vers/chorus trap, but when it works as well as it does here, I´m not going to complain about it. Overall "The Living Infinite" might actually be Soilwork´s strongest release yet and a 4.5 star (90%) rating definitely isn´t too much.

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