Soilwork
Sworn to a Great Divide


4.0
excellent

Review

by crazycobs USER (6 Reviews)
October 29th, 2007 | 91 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another solid album from Soilwork, what more can i say.

Soilwork have become progressively more melodic with each release, which in my eyes is no bad thing but in doing so they have lost a great deal of there original melodic death metal fan base. True, Chain heart machine is an amazing if not underrated album but I think it is unfair to state they have become worse or less original as band if anything have moved away from the pack, everyone was following the traditional Gothenburg sound and something else was bound to emerge sooner or later and Soilwork along with ex melodic death metal acts such as In Flames where at the head of this movement spawning a new era of Melodic metal. This brings us up to now, hot off the heels of Stabbing the drama come Sworn to a great divide and yet another step forward for the band.

Vocals: Bjorn “Speed” Strid
Guitars: Ola Frenning
Guitars: Daniel Antonsson
Drums: Dirk Verbeuren
Bass: Ola Flink
Samples/ keys: Sven Karlsson

Before I go on id like to point out Soilwork long time lead guitarist is now absent from the band and has been replaced with ex Dimension Zero member Daniel Antonsson, for anyone worried about the change in line up do not fear its still a good record and keeps to the Soilwork sound. The Album opens with a lead riff signalling this record is probably going to be a harder record then STD (immature but I never realised abbreviating Stabbing the drama was STD I’m such a loser), quickly the rest of the band follow for one of soilwork’s most metal songs and best album openers in a long while. By this point something becomes very apparent, fans of soilwork would of picked this up quickly…where are the synth sounds that have dominated the past two soilwork records? No longer do they dominate entire songs but have been saved for more appropriate sections to songs which in my opinion is a great thing.

The title track and opener of the album pretty much sums up how most of the album sounds but the album itself if very diverse, for example the second track and single Exile is probably the most melodic song on the record. Although not as melodic as past tracks such as departure plan it is more along the same vein as As we speak . Other more melodic tracks include Light Discovering Darkness, Bleeding thorns and Sick heart river, all are decent tracks following the typical soilwork structure of growled heavy verses with huge melodic chorus which we can now thank good old Devin Townsend for. Devin Townsend has done a marvellous job of producing Speeds vocal parts, the chorus’s are catching the verses are brutal, id go as far as to say this is Bjorn’s best vocal performance yet!

A track which I felt let down the album and this may seem controversial but Pittsburgh Syndrome seemed to me a sorry excuse for a speed metal track, it lacks any real impact and seems to be put on the album to prove they can still put out some harder tracks but to me it comes off very filler ill leave you the readers to make up your own mind. Also the guitar tone on this album seemed a bit empty, the overall sound of the guitar is amazing but it seems empty like they hadn’t layered any of the guitar tracks, this to some will be a good thing but I prefer the wall of noise approach to music.

Overall if you’re a soilwork fan or not pick up this album it is a great record and deserves a listen. Soilwork deserve a lot more media attention then what they are getting at the moment. The Album is diverse, catchy and a lot more metal then the previous few releases.

Pros
Great Song writing
Synth sounds put mainly on the back bench

Cons
You my find most of the songs are fairly similar
Not as full sounding as previous works

Download
Sworn to a great divide, Silent bullet, Bleeding thorns, Exile



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crimson
October 29th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album isn't that good.
I feel like I'm repeating myself here :p Nice review, not the best, but fine.

kalkal50
October 29th 2007


2386 Comments


Soilwork have become progressively more melodic with each release


Not true.

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2007


44805 Comments


Nice review. Great album.

Dethtrasher
October 29th 2007


2211 Comments


Soilwork has wasted too much of my time so I will not look into this. The album cover sucks hard.

Confessed2005
October 29th 2007


3314 Comments


I've found that besides maybe At the Gates, most melodic death metal is rather bland after a while.

crazycobs
October 29th 2007


114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in response to kalkal50, i dunno they have apart from figure number five which was more melodic then stabbing the drama ill give u that n i should of made that clearer sorrry.

Metalikane
October 29th 2007


851 Comments


I agree. The album cover does suck. The music isnt too bad though. It lacks something.

Wizard
October 31st 2007


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just read both of the reviews for this album and they are awful, no offense to the both of you. I've only heard two songs on this album and they were pretty good.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Zoo
October 31st 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

From what I have heard, this is yet another blah Soilwork album.

Wizard
October 31st 2007


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Zoo,
I hear what you mean, but their music is so dense and well layered together that it might take a few listens to get into the album.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


From what I have heard, this is yet another blah Soilwork album.

So every Soilwork album?

blackened07
November 1st 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like it.

BallsToTheWall
November 1st 2007


44805 Comments


They have a couple good albums although they dont try anything new. NBC and STD are fun listens. Speeds harsh arent that great so I can see why most think Scar Symmtery is better. Alvestam is much better than Speed, harsh and clean.

Zoo
November 1st 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=i am the robots]So every Soilwork album?[/quote]
I'm not exactly sure what you mean. If you're asking if I think every Soilwork album is blah, you would be correct.

[quote=BallsToTheWall]They have a couple good albums[/quote]
Meh. I'd say they're closer to having a couple good songs.

blackened07
November 1st 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree though they haven't done anything new for awhile.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


im not exactly sure what you mean. If you're asking if I think every Soilwork album is blah, you would be correct.

bingo

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 1st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah, pretty much status quo for Soilwork.

Metalikane
November 2nd 2007


851 Comments


I believe all of their albums have at least a couple good songs. Some more than others.

botb
November 8th 2007


9780 Comments


I like these guys so I'll be checking this out. good review.

DeathThrashProg
November 11th 2007


500 Comments


i've heard "Exile" and i am impressed. i really enjoyed stabbing the drama so im definitely getting this.

it seems the only metal that doesnt get flamed on this site is "tr00" black metal, which imho ain't that good.

Soilwork are great. im surprised so many don't like them
narrow minded?
oh yeah, good review.This Message Edited On 11.11.07



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