Soilwork
Sworn to a Great Divide


3.5
great

Review

by withALMONDS USER (12 Reviews)
May 8th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you go into this album, not expecting it to be a sequel to any of their previous releases, you will be thoroughly impressed. It includes the chaos that has always been there, and it has new elements that do nothing but improve their sound.

After listening to Soilwork's first album, it's hard to believe that they've evolved so much over the years. Their first two albums Steelbath Suicide and The Chainheart Machine were fairly heavily influenced by other Swedish death metal acts. The following release saw the inclusion of clean vocals, changing their sound into a somewhat more melodeath sound (or god forbid, metalcore. The 4th release sounded almost industrial, the inclusion of Devin Townsend's vocals in some songs further increased the noticeable influence from the genre. The following albums kept the influences they had Natural Born Chaos, but started to become more melodic. Their newest album Sworn to a Great Divide seems to follow this trend only somewhat. The 2007 release from Soilwork has kept the melody and upped the intensity to a point that is near their first 2 releases.

Sworn to a Great Divide may not be a great album, but it has something for everyone. The first track of the album starts off with some heavily distorted guitar work by Daniel Antonsson(who replaced founding member Peter Wichers after he left in late 2005) and Sylvain Coudret, while Ola Flink(bass), Dirk Verbeuren(drums), and Sven Karlsson(keyboards) slowly add themselves in, adding to the intensity of the increasing buildup, until finally we're greeted with the familiar vocal stylings of Björn "Speed" Strid. The remainder of the song is an in-your-face combination of Speed's great vocal range and the chaotic, yet melodic mix of every instrument. The following track, Exile starts off similarly to the first, albeit it's much more melodic. Speed sings for the majority of this song, breaking into screams only to build up intensity moments before the chorus. The album seems to follow this pattern for 2 more tracks until you are hit in the balls by The Pittsburgh Syndrome. This song is a nearly 3 minute long blast-from-the-past. There is no singing(however, there is either layered, or gang vocals during the chorus, I couldn't really tell which one it actually was) there is nearly no melody, and there is tons of fun for all of you nostalgiafags who miss what they were like in their earlier days.

Now skipping ahead a few songs to the 7th track, Light Discovering Darkness, we are greeted with another nearly entirely melodic song that even has some post-metal influences, proving that Soilwork is not afraid to continue experimenting with their sound and pushing the limits of every album in their past. While Sworn to a Great Divide may not break any new ground, it does manage to make more use of elements that have continuously been underutilized in previous releases and is definitely worth checking out.



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crazycobs (4)
Another solid album from Soilwork, what more can i say....

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withALMONDS
May 8th 2009


214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should probably try to review something that isn't in my top 10 at some point, but I can do that later.

anyways, bound to be problems, happy to listen, etc etc

Fugue
May 8th 2009


7353 Comments


I was kinda disappointed with this, maybe I should listen to it again...

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2009


44360 Comments


20 More Miles is amazingly good.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2009


44360 Comments


Yah. Now Peter's back, I cant wait for what Soilwork will do next.

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2009


44360 Comments


Disarmonia Mundi is great. i prefer Bjorn's vocals to Christian Alvestam tbh. And Soilwork over Scar Symmetry because frankly, Soilwork are more fun, catchier, and less technical. Not too mention better songwriting.

fireaboveicebelow
May 8th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well I like old soilwork but none of scar symmetry so I guess that holds up

Yazz_Flute
May 8th 2009


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As the Sleeper Awakes is brilliant. Sick Heart River and the Pittsburgh Syndrome are awesome as well, but I can't say most of the others are much more than decent.

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

Phantom
May 8th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is the epitome of meh

BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2009


44360 Comments


It was too be expected when your primary songwriter who is good at best left the band. Fortunately, Peter's back and the new album should be 3.5 material.

Phantom
May 8th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I dig old Soilwork, so hopefully you're right Balls.

Yazz_Flute
May 8th 2009


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Old Soilwork, especially Chainheart Machine, are really good for the most part. Stabbing the Drama is probably my second favorite by them though, I really enjoyed that one for some reason.

Captain North
May 8th 2009


6787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you go into this album, not expecting it to be a sequel to any of their previous releases, you will be thoroughly impressed


Actually, I think it's more appropriate to say if you go into this album not expecting it to be a sequal then you'll be thoroughly dissapointed. It's a direct continuation of the sound in Stabbing the Drama.

BallsToTheWall
May 9th 2009


44360 Comments


Definitely not. The mechanical chugging riffs are not present, and the choruses aren't as booming or anthemic on here.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2009


8357 Comments


nice short review. I have yet to give any Soilwork albums a chance, which one should I start with?

fireaboveicebelow
May 9th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

just go in order

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2009


8357 Comments


alright, thanks

Jayxsnoogans
August 19th 2009


72 Comments


Best album since Natural Born Chaos....imo



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