MetalBite Review by JD on 3/29/2011
Like a fine wine, most bands lucky enough to be around for many years get better. Some wines though turn into unpalatable vinegar. It is a crap shoot in the music world to go on the path of doing this for a living... one that all bands go through. Soilwork
has been around for 15 years... what do they have to offer now? Read on.
Back in the day, these Swedish metallic monsters were some of the best Death Metallers around (check out their first three albums, if you have not yet). With complexity and musical brilliance of the members and also led by a vocalist that was at the top of his game they were the ones to beat. Sadly, this once mighty band has fallen from that great height - and I cringed when hearing that sickening splat at the end.
From making some great Melodic Death metal to now doing a disappointing combination of Metalcore and Modern Rock Soilwork
have sunk into a pool of averageness, and disappeared below the choking waters of bland and tasteless music. Songs like the lackluster 'The Thrill' to the all too predictable 'Let This River Flow' show a band that is caught in the commercial trap, and all the life has be sucked out of them as they not once tries to break free.
Even vocalist Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid has been reduced to this weak shell of what he could really do. The mighty have fallen, and fallen hard into a vortex. I know some of you love this band now... after hearing "The Panic Broadcast".... Why? People: pick up their first few releases, then you’ll understand my total confusion with the band. This album cements them as the commercial sell-out kings, yet I hope that the band will turn back to their roots and make great music once again.
I am a optimist at heart, but even I am not holding my breath for the turn-around for this band.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Originality: 3 (I can still hear that splat)
Rating: 4.6 out of 10