Review by Adam M on January 16, 2019.
This album has a nice melodic edge that is prevalent throughout it. The music is very accessible and has the ability to become ingrained in your head. Catchy choruses abound in a playground of metal might. Like Omnium Gatherum, Soilwork has managed to make their sound more accessible without giving up the heavy riffs that arise from time to time. This album has enough variation to become one of the stronger ones from this genre in quite some time.
Every song has something different to contribute and makes the whole piece a seamless blend of diverse styles. The music is certainly accessible, but it’s well produced enough to have an impact regardless. The tracks here have a feel good mood that is impossible to pass up and overtakes the listener. This is really joyous music that has a melodic death metal tag. The clean vocals are so prominent now that the band could almost shed that tag and still remain relevant. If there’s a issue with the disc it’s when compared to the works of Omnium Gatherum or Be’lakor. The album doesn’t have as much depth as those works and comparatively is relatively simplistic in style. This is just a small flaw though as the album manages to push out constantly compelling tracks from the get go. The clean vocals to the work are one of the strong points as well and will consistently have you enamored with the music.
This is a great start for the melodic death metal genre in the year 2019 and I hope more good albums of the style follow it up. Fans of the band’s previous material will find much to like here as well. While the album could be more adventurous, there is more than enough ear candy to keep the listener occupied. Verkligheten comes quite highly recommended.
Rating: 7.9 out of 10