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Release date: 27 February 2013
Style: Gothenburg metal

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8.3 | 318 votes

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Disc I
01. Spectrum Of Eternity
02. Memories Confined
03. This Momentary Bliss
04. Tongue
05. The Living Infinite I
06. Let The First Wave Rise
07. Vesta
08. Realm Of The Wasted
09. The Windswept Mercy [feat. Justin Sullivan of NMA]
10. Whispers And Lights

Disc II
01. Entering Aeons
02. Long Live The Misanthrope
03. Drowning With Silence
04. Antidotes In Passing
05. Leech
06. The Living Infinite II
07. Loyal Shadow
08. Rise Above The Sentiment
09. Parasite Blues
10. Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard

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Line-up
Björn Ove Ingemar "Speed" Strid - vocals
Sven Karlsson - keyboards
David Andersson - guitars
Sylvain Coudret - guitars
Dirk Verbeuren - drums
Ola Flink - bass


Additional info
Released 27th February in Asia, 1st March in Europe, 4th March in UK and 5th March in USA.

Staff review by
Dane Train

Rating:
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Soilwork is a one trick pony. They do that trick really well...but it is still only one trick. Here is where both the strength and the weakness in this album rests. Their use of melodic death metal style verses offset with a more power metal chorus is catchy and down right fun at times. This formula is what Soilwork is know for and rightfully so; they are masters of it. There is not a song on this album that could be called weak yet none of them stand out. They all sound like Soilwork songs. There is very little difference between the songs here. With each one averaging about 4 minutes in length it is hard to tell them apart. The formula is the biggest downside here. They never stray from it and play if safe from start to finish.

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published 12.03.2013 | Comments (24)

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SyntheticBreed - 16.12.2012 at 19:05  
Rating: 8 Seriously cannot wait!!!
Risto - 18.12.2012 at 13:29  
Rating: 7 Holy crap, the speed has returned in addition to Björn.

Therapy? - 23.12.2012 at 00:13  
Rating: 9 Wow! Judging from this song, this could well be the new "Natural Born Chaos". Super excited!
OpenMind - 18.01.2013 at 19:06  
Rating: 8 New single from the upcoming album of Soilwork: "The Bliss Momentary".
After "Spectrum of Eternity" here is another track from the album coming February 27th
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.01.2013 at 19:13  
Rating: 7
Written by OpenMind on 18.01.2013 at 19:06

New single from the upcoming album of Soilwork: "The Bliss Momentary".
After "Spectrum of Eternity" here is another track from the album coming February 27th

Much better than the other song they released. The drums don't suffocate the music here.
Risto - 18.01.2013 at 20:52  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.01.2013 at 19:13

Much better than the other song they released. The drums don't suffocate the music here.

Nah, "Spectrum of Eternity" has some balls this band's been lacking. I feel sorry for those who don't dig the vocal hooks.

The new one is pretty run-of-the-mill unfortunately, at least on initial listen. Pales in comparison to some similar Gothenburg songs recently written here in Finland.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.01.2013 at 20:57  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 18.01.2013 at 20:52

Nah, "Spectrum of Eternity" has some balls this band's been lacking. I feel sorry for those who don't dig the vocal hooks.

The new one is pretty run-of-the-mill unfortunately, at least on initial listen. Pales in comparison to some similar Gothenburg songs recently written here in Finland.

If you ask me both songs are totally worthless in the current climate, this one just has the benefit of having a nostalgic element. Melodeath is a dead genre in all consideration. Barren Earth's debut was the last breath of fresh I've heard in the genre, just a shame they cocked their follow up to high heaven.
SyntheticBreed - 19.01.2013 at 18:12  
Rating: 8 Classic Soilwork, nothing new.
MetalSpider - 12.02.2013 at 18:30  
Rating: 10 If you guys havent heard the track by track preview, I would check it out. They're showing quite a bit of versatility
Therapy? - 19.02.2013 at 17:10  
Rating: 9 Judging from the singles and previews, this album looks to become one heck of a badass return. "Spectrum of Eternity" gave me that long-lost Natural Born Chaos feeling. Let's hope it will be just as badass. I preordered it though because I know I will dig it in any case.
MetalSpider - 21.02.2013 at 16:46  
Rating: 10 The album has leaked for those interested (double album I should say).

Its a very good double album imo. A great return for Soilwork! (Although I've been listening to Panic Broadcast the past few days and actually enjoyed it). But this new album has a better blend of old and new (which you hear more in certain songs than others).
JÄY - 21.02.2013 at 22:29  
Rating: 9 Yeah it's pretty great! 2 listens in, I'd say there are a good 4 songs I'll be skipping. Def. over an hour of good music, tho
B.O.K. - 27.02.2013 at 18:30  
Rating: 10 PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bow:
MaiSweettShaadow - 27.02.2013 at 23:53  
Rating: 10 Fuck!!!!!! their best, wow
MetalSpider - 28.02.2013 at 00:51  
Rating: 10 The more I listen to it, the more incredible it sounds!
MaiSweettShaadow - 01.03.2013 at 06:19  
Rating: 10 This is a Masterpiece, too bad that the Troll trv metalheads in this site come and put a minor number.
Cassian - 01.03.2013 at 14:07  
  20 songs for one new album? OMG this is gonna take me a lot of time to enjoy it
jesterhead57 - 02.03.2013 at 01:44  
Rating: 9 Parasite Blues is an amazing track. Classic Soilwork.
hadriel - 02.03.2013 at 08:49  
Rating: 8 Surprisingly thoroughly enjoyed this. Definitely one of the most solid releases for a bad that has been underwhelming as of late.
Nunzie 69 - 03.03.2013 at 09:42  
Rating: 7 I'm not saying this is a bad album,actually it's very good,and this is a type of metal I've been growing a little tired of. It just seems like they tried to write a hit song with every track, although the songs are varied they are still all very simular.If your going to write a 80 minute album I feel you need to take some chances and experiment, these guys are all excellent and seasoned musicians it would be nice to hear something they have hidden up their sleeve.
Risto - 03.03.2013 at 10:55  
Rating: 7
Written by Nunzie 69 on 03.03.2013 at 09:42

It just seems like they tried to write a hit song with every track, although the songs are varied they are still all very simular.If your going to write a 80 minute album I feel you need to take some chances and experiment

Except they do experiment, compared to what usually is released in this genre. I do think over 80 minutes of Soilwork is a bit too much but there are some cool tracks in there that break the generic patterns. See "The Windswept Mercy" and "Antidotes In Passing" for example.

Overall I think the second disc is a little better, even though the first one has a fantastic opener.
Nunzie 69 - 03.03.2013 at 22:28  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 03.03.2013 at 10:55

Written by Nunzie 69 on 03.03.2013 at 09:42

It just seems like they tried to write a hit song with every track, although the songs are varied they are still all very simular.If your going to write a 80 minute album I feel you need to take some chances and experiment

Except they do experiment, compared to what usually is released in this genre. I do think over 80 minutes of Soilwork is a bit too much but there are some cool tracks in there that break the generic patterns. See "The Windswept Mercy" and "Antidotes In Passing" for example.

Overall I think the second disc is a little better, even though the first one has a fantastic opener.

I just can't keep myself interested in this for over 80 minutes. When for the most point nothing really different or surprising jumps out at me, and with a double album I believe you need that. When you have over 80 minutes to spare I expect some surprises, but in all there are some real good tunes here.
Fearless - 04.03.2013 at 19:20  
  Just listen to it, HOLY SHIT! Pure gold!
Therapy? - 05.03.2013 at 01:41  
Rating: 9 I received my earbook edition today. Boy am I going to enjoy listening this!
musicalkaratekid - 05.03.2013 at 16:39  
Rating: 8 Well, this album's certainly an earful! Admittedly it's my first real taste of Soilwork, but I'm really liking this so far! The melody of the clean vocals I feel flow well with the harmony of the rhythm section. There's a lot of songs I could pick out as my favourite, but I think 'Memories confined' and 'Loyal shadow' sum up the quality of the musicianship on here.
Diamonds - 06.03.2013 at 03:06  
  Björn's vocals get a little better with every release it seems. Liking this a lot.
JÄY - 06.03.2013 at 08:48  
Rating: 9 Been listening for weeks now.... still awesome
MeloDeathViking - 06.03.2013 at 15:28  
Rating: 9 I was I initially sceptical about a double album, but not any more. I love this album. I think it's their best since Natural Born Chaos.
Therapy? - 07.03.2013 at 00:11  
Rating: 9 I've listened to both CD's a couple of times now, and I still haven't fully taken in the whole album completely. If that makes sense. Albums usually have one, two, or even three songs that really stand out as favourites. But it is hard to pick them out here, because of the sheer quality that oozes throughout the whole album.

Where the last couple of Soilwork albums also provided mostly quality songs throughout, they did kind of lack inspiration of some sort. They had a very strong "been there, done that" feeling to them. Especially STAGD. But here... here almost every song has something really powerful. Something fresh, something "new" to enjoy. And that is quite an accomplishment, because it's really hard and tricky to create an album with so many songs, and to keep it fun to listen to without getting bored. Plus, here and there you find a glance from to the Natural Born Chaos era that I really dig.

I'm inclined to give this a 10. But I can't justify it... yet. I need to experience and investigate it further and really find my favourites among this phenomenal album.
Passenger - 10.03.2013 at 12:50  
Rating: 8 I still admire these guys for their attitude and what they did back in the day, but they really let themselves go, there's like 2 good songs on this album and the others come out as bad copies. I can only listen to their first 5 albums.
Rulatore - 12.03.2013 at 21:28  
  I'm not all that fan and don't really enjoy their sound, but fuck me, "Long Live the Misanthrope" is one of the best songs I've ever heard from them and this year.
jc3494 - 15.03.2013 at 22:57  
  Anyone who would consider Soilwork a guilty pleasure needs to consider getting laid.
chrisʇrenounced - 22.03.2013 at 08:30  
Rating: 10
Written by jc3494 on 15.03.2013 at 22:57

Anyone who would consider Soilwork a guilty pleasure needs to consider getting laid.

Perhaps it's because they secretly wanna fuck Bjorn.
MelancholiaC - 27.03.2013 at 02:20  
Rating: 10
Written by chrisʇrenounced on 22.03.2013 at 08:30

Written by jc3494 on 15.03.2013 at 22:57

Anyone who would consider Soilwork a guilty pleasure needs to consider getting laid.

Perhaps it's because they secretly wanna fuck Bjorn.


Lol true! Though for some among us, that might not be so "secret"...

While I definitely don't consider Soilwork a guilty pleasure, I was totally star-struck when I met Bjorn in person at their recent show in Toronto. :p
Fredd - 29.03.2013 at 12:32  
Rating: 6 Oh jolly fun, it's like listening to the same song over and over again for 20 times.
VonMal - 01.05.2013 at 00:27  
Rating: 9 If there is one album released so far this year that deserves an "Album Of The Year" title, this is it.
RealEyes - 17.05.2013 at 13:49  
  Finaly they have returned with a better album !
Loendt - 29.05.2013 at 19:21  
Rating: 10 New masterpiece! A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
LeKiwi - 17.02.2014 at 02:59  
Rating: 8 Started off so damn strong...what happened...
JÄY - 17.02.2014 at 07:07  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 17.02.2014 at 02:59

Started off so damn strong...what happened...

...it stayed strong?
LeKiwi - 18.02.2014 at 03:31  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 17.02.2014 at 07:07

...it stayed strong?

They should have cut out a few tracks from the end of disc 1, they simply weren't up to par with the rest of the material. On the plus side, I've always disliked Soilwork, but on this album they've really nailed groove and melody.
JÄY - 18.02.2014 at 04:18  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 18.02.2014 at 03:31

Written by JÄY on 17.02.2014 at 07:07

...it stayed strong?

They should have cut out a few tracks from the end of disc 1, they simply weren't up to par with the rest of the material.

agreed
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 04:20  
Rating: 6 Personally they should've cut it down to 1 45 minute disk.

It simply drags on after a while. Soilwork don't have the ability for something of this scale.

My $0.02.
LeKiwi - 21.02.2014 at 03:42  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 18.02.2014 at 04:20

Personally they should've cut it down to 1 45 minute disk.

It simply drags on after a while. Soilwork don't have the ability for something of this scale.

My $0.02.

Yep, if they kept the solid tracks this could easily be a much better record. God DAMN these guys can write a sick chorus, don't care how predictable...

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