Soilwork
The Panic Broadcast


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
July 2nd, 2010 | 222 replies | 33,015 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


The Panic Broadcast is not only a crucial release for Soilwork, it is also a defining album for what the band has become. Their melodic death metal roots are now nothing but fragments strewn about the riffs and guitar solos, having some bearing on the direction of the music but, for all intents and purposes, left behind for good. Instead, as the album begins with “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter”, a bastardization of alternative metal, nu-metal, melodic death metal, and even thrash rears its head and, for better or worse, sticks around for the remainder of the album. The heavy reliance on catchy hooks and sing-a-long choruses plays a card which is reminiscent of the trend for modern metal to use the whole cleanly-sung chorus and heavy verse pattern with unrelenting prevalence. It sounds rather ghastly, especially considering “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter” is one of the weakest songs on the album, and is, for some reason, placed first on the track listing. However, it all paints a blurred and unfair picture of the album, hiding just how solid so many of the songs on The Panic Broadcast are.

The clean vocals and rumbling guitar solo in “The Thrill” are a prime example of why The Panic Broadcast is so successful; its replay value alone is massive. It’s not music to really be taken with a stern seriousness, but it’s instead something to be listened to casually, and that is where the album really shines. Strid’s vocals, admittedly, aren’t even close to perfect; his growls aren’t deep or overly brutal, but instead are pseudo-yells that fit the pace of the music well. Couple that with the often weaving guitar leads that take a lot from Gothenburg melodic death, and you have a recipe for a catchy, fun listen which really doesn’t take itself too seriously or try to venture into places where it shouldn’t. In fact, anyone who is familiar with Soilwork’s style won’t notice much of a difference in the overall sound, instead the change can be found in the sheer quality of the songs. The heart of the album contains track after track of some of Soilwork’s best material in seven or eight years, and really, what more could you ask for?

The acoustic lick at the end of “King Of The Threshold” slides beautifully into the anomaly “Let This River Flow”, a track which rushes the listener with guitars building and building upon themselves in an out-of-character move that defines why The Panic Broadcast is as successful as it is. The solid, but not flashy or overbearing musicianship fits with perfection alongside the rock-solid songwriting, making the occasional slip-up from Strid in the vocal department go unnoticed. This isn’t an album for purists, I can tell you that right now, but if you don’t mind a formula which has been done before, and you can look past a metal album that has a heavy reliance on clean vocals standing alongside the traditional screams and growls, then you really have no reason not to listen to The Panic Broadcast. The few songs that do bog down the album are easily surpassed by the songs which go above and beyond expectations, setting a firm foothold on which Soilwork can continue to climb out of the pit they have been falling down for a few years now.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



15988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of this band at all, so I was pretty damn surprised with this.

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buckfutter
July 2nd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Another good review crysis, and rating is closer to being correct than that other piece of shit someone called a review

Whispered4tw
July 2nd 2010



564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty underwhelming, even though I never expected much from this band to begin with.

Inveigh
July 2nd 2010



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

they sound a lot like old Shadows Fall on this album to me, just with a lot more polish.

I wish Speed was still doing vocals like he did on the first three albums, when he was more Tomas Lindberg and less Phil Anselmo

oh and good review Crysis

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



15988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree Inveigh both about sounding a lot like Shadows Fall and about the vocals. If I had to choose, I'd say the vocals were the worst part of the album.

Willie
Moderator
July 2nd 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review. Thanks for allowing me to be lazy ;)

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



15988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha no problem, I needed something to review because June kind of sucked and had no releases that interested me. Thanks Willie.

Inveigh
July 2nd 2010



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah the vocals are easily the worst part. I was never a huge fan of Speed, but I thought he was pretty great on their first three records when he had more of a Lindberg growl and an Akerfeldt clean. He hasn't aged well, to say the least.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



17336 Comments


This band's guitarist is why the last Nevermore album sucked. Won't be checking this out. Good review though.

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Willie
Moderator
July 2nd 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You can't blame this guy for Nevermore's laziness.

Inveigh
July 2nd 2010



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

congrats on the feature mang

Ponton
Emeritus
July 2nd 2010



5775 Comments


Crysis rules

still a bit hesitant to try this. I can't stand soilwork's vocals most of the time

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NeutralThunder12
July 2nd 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the vocals are aight so far

Ire
July 2nd 2010



41453 Comments


Great review and congrats on the feature Crysis.

NeutralThunder12
July 2nd 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the only huge plus so far is the outstanding guitar work, but the structures and vocals got boring pretty quickly, and most of the songs so far are about a minute or two to long. The guitar solos are probably the best they've ever done though

Spec
July 2nd 2010



26833 Comments


Review kind of reads like a 4. Regardless it's a great review!
I will be checking this out.

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Shitty nu-metal chug and uninspired vocals kill this album.

Inveigh
July 2nd 2010



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, I'll agree there's a bit too much nu-chugging. but most of the fret-work is pretty impressive. Vocals are the real killer

NeutralThunder12
July 2nd 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah the cleans are 'nice' but too commercial. He used to be a great vocalist, one of my faves in fact. The best part of this album are the guitar solos and riff arrangements, their nice. This is just good, catchy alt/metal with some great guitar work. Not a melo-death near masterpiece like one of their early records, but still better than most of the other stuff they put out this decade.

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Like the drumming however.



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