Label: Nuclear Blast
Band Page: www.soilwork.org
Genre: Melodic death metal
Bjorn "Speed" Strid - vocals
Sylvain Coudret - guitar
David Andreson - guitar
Sven Karlsson - keys
Ola Flink - bass guitar
Dirk Verbeuren - drums
There were some other line-up changes throug the years, most significant were, when Peter Wichers left after Stabbing The Drama. Soilwork let Sylvain Coudret in, fellow member of Dirk's former band, Scarve. Sylvain did an awesome job, replacing Peter. The band continued with extensive touring and recorded next album, "Sworn To A Great Divide". As I said before, every Soilwork's forthcoming album is a masterpiece. Great guitar riffage, drum blasts, skanks, grooves, amtosherical synth layers in background etc. etc. etc. After "Sworn To A Great Divide", Ola Frenning, former guitarist and co-founder of Soilwork, left the band. Peter Wichers came back and "The Panic Broadcast" was borned. Again, Peter left the band after that album. Band recruited their long time friend, David Anderson. Together, they recorded their latest and perhaps the best album, "The Living Infinite".
"The Living Infinite" is a double album, most likely first double album in melodic death metal genre, as they stated.
We are greeted with up-tempo "Spectrum Of Eternity", which is definitely one of highlights. Great guitar melodies, vocal screams, singing, drum grooves and blasts.... Man, just woooooow.... One more thing. I went to see Soilwork on Metaldays this year, and they sound exactly the same live. All balls, no bullshit. :)
I like every single song on this album. I wonder, how they manage to release albums, that aren't just about 2 or 3 songs and the rest is pure crap.
You have to take a listen to "This Momentary Bliss", "Rise Above The Sentiment",
"The Living Infinite"....
Oh hell, listen to them all. You wont regret it. If you will - you're not a metalhead. :)
The beginning of the second CD is just pure earporn. Cool instrumental, followed by "Long Live The Misanthrope" - another song, that creates pure metal mayhem. I would like to mention a particular song, that I like since first time I heard it - "Rise Above The Sentiment". One of the best choruses Soilwork made - but that's just my humble opinion. :)
"The Living Infinite" was produced by Jens Borgen (Opeth, Amon Amarth,...) and I gotta say - man, perhaps you are even better than "almighty" Andy Sneap or Daniel Bergstrand.
I think Jens went for more fat and round sound than previous records, which had aggressive mixes with more high frequencies. I mean, listening to "The Living Infinite" at higher volume will not give the listener as much ear pain than some other Soilwork album, like for example "Stabbing The Drama" or "Sworn To A Great Divide". Everything is in place as it should be, but still maintains enough "uncompromised anger", which Soilwork deliver together with melodies, that absolutely made them one of the best and most significant melodic death metal bands on earth. Period. :)
One of the best metal albums In 2013 so far. Can't recommend it enough.