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Release date: 2 July 2010
Style: Gothenburg metal

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Disc I [CD]
01. Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter
02. 2 Lives Worth Of Reckoning
03. The Thrill
04. Deliverance Is Mine
05. Night Comes Clean
06. King Of The Threshold
07. Let This River Flow
08. Epitome
09. The Akuma Afterglow
10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov

Bonus tracks:
11. Sweet Demise
12. Sadistic Lullaby
13. The Crestfallen [Drop Syber's Revision]
14. Distance [Drop's Electric Enhancement]

Disc II [DVD]
+ Extended studio footage
+ High-definition drum video
+ Video gallery

Review
Lyrics (10)

Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
6.2
Soilwork have been plodding along with their melodeath for 15 years now, with seven more or less successful albums under their belts. They have never reached stardom and recognition that Dark Tranquillity or In Flames have enjoyed, but their music has always been solid and well executed: thrash metal mixed with some elements of death metal, adulterated by clear, smooth production and spiced up by harsh vocals. With every album they incorporated subtle changes and additions, refining their sound. The brand of originality isn't quite there yet, and probably never will be, but Soilwork is an enjoyable band nevertheless.

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published 15.08.2010 | Comments (28)

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JÄY - 21.04.2010 at 00:06  
Rating: 7 I dunno...I have a good feeling about this one
Point to Point - 21.04.2010 at 06:46  
  The review said its going to be every bit as good as we want it to
FeskarN - 21.04.2010 at 18:35  
  Hope it's better then the last album witch was a huge disappointment for me.
Baz Anderson - 06.05.2010 at 19:08  
  I got it today. It sounds ok...
It is melodic death metal that I'm not cringing to turn off... which is saying something.
dieforopeth00 - 13.05.2010 at 05:15  
  Baz where did you get the soilwork album?? I need to know now
Aetherius - 07.06.2010 at 15:14  
Rating: 7 God i hope its good!!
MeloDeathViking - 07.06.2010 at 23:16  
Rating: 7
Written by dieforopeth00 on 13.05.2010 at 05:15

Baz where did you get the soilwork album?? I need to know now


He probably got it to review from the label, not in stores.
Baz Anderson - 07.06.2010 at 23:27  
  Yes, the label.
Lachy - 02.07.2010 at 09:29  
  Im two tracks through and im loving it
Prisoner - 02.07.2010 at 11:13  
  I'm disappointed!
Valaskjalf - 03.07.2010 at 13:40  
Rating: 5 Pretty freekin lame album. The songwriting is non-existent, Bjorn Strid should be fired he cant growl at all anymore and theres no variation in his growls. The only good thing on this album is Witchers' solos (which are awesome) and the drummer is pretty good as well.
Mikyz - 04.07.2010 at 17:34  
Rating: 7 They're losing their melodic death metal roots and turning towards a more alternative, nu-metal kind of sounds, but I still find it much better than the previous two releases. The solos are also pretty solid, all in all this is a good/not-so-great release.
Bulletbeast - 04.07.2010 at 20:41  
Rating: 7 Man..... if only the vocals were better. Bjorn's like afraid to growl now or somethin.. damnit. Still better then their last one
Therapy? - 04.07.2010 at 21:13  
Rating: 8 I don't get why you people are complaining about the growls... I've been comparing some songs with Natural Born Chaos songs and I don't think the growls are less awesome.

Anyways, I really like this album! Especially after their previous release which gave me a heavy "been there, done that" feeling and is the least-played soilwork album in my arsenal. The songs are more melodic, and I like that because currently I'm all into that stuff Although I don't think Soilwork will ever come back to the level of Natural Born Chaos, this album is awesome!

I also really like the bonus track, which is a remix of "Distance". My favourite song from Stabbing The Drama.

Favourite song from this album: "Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning"
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.07.2010 at 16:19  
Rating: 5 If there's one good thing about this album it's that it shows that Stabbing The Drama is pretty damn solid.
MetalFreak - 06.07.2010 at 04:15  
Rating: 9 I'm happy with this one, I'll be buying this when it hits America.
Irinel - 06.07.2010 at 12:55  
Rating: 9 I'm happy too ! It's some kind of ascension.
chaosscizzors - 07.07.2010 at 20:35  
Rating: 6 At least it was better than the last album. lol
Angelic Storm - 10.07.2010 at 10:16  
  Hmm, just finished listening to this, and Im a bit underwhelmed tbh...

Most of the melodic parts do not stick in my head, which is what they should do. The 2 standout tracks are the opener "Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter", and the absolutely crushing "Deliverance Is Mine" which reminds me a lot of The Haunted. In no small part due to the fact that Bjorn's shouted vocals sound a lot like Peter Dolving.

The new guitarist Sylvian Coudret plays some great solos, and is a very good addition to the band. Overall, its a decent album, but nothing mindblowing.
hadriel - 11.07.2010 at 07:06  
Rating: 6 Very meh, nothing really interesting here, but didn't really expect much from this album. Deliverance is Mine is decent, a couple of other ok tracks near the end too.
Angelic Storm - 11.07.2010 at 17:57  
 
Written by hadriel on 11.07.2010 at 07:06

Very meh, nothing really interesting here, but didn't really expect much from this album. Deliverance is Mine is decent, a couple of other ok tracks near the end too.


Yep, I also like the last track.
sanpopo - 15.07.2010 at 11:38  
Rating: 3 Disappointment of the year!


without any doubt, this is the WORST Soilwork's album. obviously they have been staying in america for such a long time. u don't have to question about it. they promote the fact with the product. this is not melodic death metal, it's metalcore, pure fucking metalcore, and it's not some good metalcore like Unearth. it's one of the most mechanical, lamest metal music u have heard before. i guess no one has told these guys that nu-metal and metalcore scene has gone melted down and we don't need another motherfucking metalcore band!


anyone who thinks this album is good, please do yourself a favor, go listen to "the chainheart machine" and APP, or u won't know what u r missing and what these guys r capable of. this is not Soilwork.
sanpopo - 15.07.2010 at 11:42  
Rating: 3 But i do love speed's voice. he has a fantastic voice. one of the greatest singer in the world!
wildchild - 17.07.2010 at 23:37  
Rating: 9 In the beginning I was like: mmm, ok.
But right now I just can't stop listening to it. \o/
dunskii - 21.07.2010 at 09:04  
Rating: 8 This album is complete shit to me, the whole reason i listen to soilwork is so that i can get some good melodeath thats not over the top or too light.... this album tells me that soilwork can no longer do this... when i listened through the first few tracks and heard bjorn i was speechless.... its like in flames is happening all over again... i now am completely assured that melodeath is a dead genre
Ag Fox - 23.07.2010 at 20:58  
Rating: 6
Written by dunskii on 21.07.2010 at 09:04

This album is complete shit to me, the whole reason i listen to soilwork is so that i can get some good melodeath thats not over the top or too light.... this album tells me that soilwork can no longer do this... when i listened through the first few tracks and heard bjorn i was speechless.... its like in flames is happening all over again... i now am completely assured that melodeath is a dead genre
uhh... no. You just don't know which bands to look at
Slyfang - 26.11.2010 at 17:55  
Rating: 8
Written by dunskii on 21.07.2010 at 09:04

This album is complete shit to me, the whole reason i listen to soilwork is so that i can get some good melodeath thats not over the top or too light.... this album tells me that soilwork can no longer do this... when i listened through the first few tracks and heard bjorn i was speechless.... its like in flames is happening all over again... i now am completely assured that melodeath is a dead genre


which is why you rated the album an 8?
dunskii - 26.11.2010 at 20:12  
Rating: 8
Written by Slyfang on 26.11.2010 at 17:55

Written by dunskii on 21.07.2010 at 09:04

This album is complete shit to me, the whole reason i listen to soilwork is so that i can get some good melodeath thats not over the top or too light.... this album tells me that soilwork can no longer do this... when i listened through the first few tracks and heard bjorn i was speechless.... its like in flames is happening all over again... i now am completely assured that melodeath is a dead genre


which is why you rated the album an 8?


i went back through the album now about 3 months later and can see the way the wanted to change their sound and just didnt get around to changing my rating
CrippledReverend - 01.01.2011 at 18:18  
Rating: 9 Musicianship: 9
Vocal: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Melody: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9
CD Covers: 10

Best Songs:
02. 2 Lives Worth Of Reckoning
07. Let This River Flow
08. Epitome
10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov
11. Sweet Demise

Interesting Comments:
sanpopo
Pankar95 - 06.05.2011 at 20:44  
Rating: 8 Very good although the harsh vocals still suck like since FN5
prnzo - 18.11.2011 at 13:44  
  Ok, when this album came out last year I was blown away compared to what I was grimly expecting (not grimly in a good way). When I checked out the preview they released on myspace, "Two Lives Worth of Reckoning", I was like, "oh great, here we go again... but at least the solos are pretty good and extended"... when I heard it on the album after "Late For the Kill, Early For the Slaughter", it was like hearing a whole different song. I was entranced that way all the way until the pre-chorus of "The Akuma Afterglow", which seemed out of place/awkward and weak.... and again on the pre-chorus of "Enter Dog of Pavlov" (I get both now, what the band seemed to be goin for, the latter is overall the stronger IMO... and if you count "Sweet Demise" bonus track, which like "Wherever Thorns May Grow" on StD, should've been the proper final track, another uncharacteristic-for-modern-Soilwork solid song). That's it; nothing else set off any red flags, and most was not just acceptable, but very satisfying and strong enough to withstand at least a few more listens unscathed. Oh, and Speed's performance - I wouldn't say the harsh vocals are suffering as bad as they were on FN5, he sounded like he had a bad cold or somethin in the studio... but it's without a doubt his best cleans ever; as a singer myself, I know what's toughest to pull off and this was his most challenging endeavour yet, all in all. I'm surprised no one else has pointed this out/had this opinion that I've seen.

I had been happy with Soilwork even w/ Figure Number Five (mass-appealing jackassery just like the 2 to follow it, but at least done well even if it's their least 'metal' release)... but Stabbing the Drama (for its bland, nowhere songwriting throughout) and Sworn to a Great Divide (for some lame choruses, overbearing lyrical rants and its crappy production/guitar sound, a remedy of which might've actually saved the album from total mediocrity, since it had some gems).

...but the Panic Broadcast seems to usher in a new era from my point of view, Peter Wichers in the mix for 2010 is semi-bad news for Nevermore but good news for Soilwork, I feel the album is their most inspired since The Chainheart Machine or Natural Born Chaos (I actually like Steelbath a little over Chainheart, but Neon Rebels has one of the best riffs I've ever heard and no one can argue with it being the band's technical peak... A Predator's Portrait is really good but a little monotonous). It has a great mix of everything they've been and things they haven't been before. They could've busted their asses a little more on leads/fills/bells/whistles, but it seems to me that they decided not to be a contrived back-to-their-roots cliche and follow their own muse, a muse which bore strong fruit even in the catchy and mainstream-esque material; the whole thing flows like period blood goin down a beer bong. Even "Epitome" is a great song, look at the breakdown/outro parts - it almost destroys the radio-appeal built up by the rest of the song, which was solid in the 1st place. And "Let This River Flow" will never make the radio, it has too much class to fit in with anything they play now (not to mention the growling part would confuse people, but I guess they could edit that out). I could go on about the rest, but I've gone on way too long already. Exceptionally strong songwriting and more diversity than ever (and the solos!!!) makes this one almost guaranteed to make Soilwork's next one a disappointment for anyone who feels similar to me.

Man, I gotta learn how to start clippin these posts lol (oh, and I don't think Nevermore's last album was bad by any means, just could've been better without the trimming maybe)

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