Review Summary: When the band seemed creatively dead, comes the masterpiece that is "The Living Infinite". Most of the fans were expecting something good, little did they now what would come was simply supberb.
Melodeath pioneers, Soilwork, have been arround for a long time on the scene. They made you notice them back in the late 90's, early 00's with releases that are, in my opinion, timeless. From the shattering aggression of "Chainheart Machine", to the eargasming melodies of "Natural Born Chaos", these guys have done it all.
But, in late 03' they decided to venture off to other sounds, and achieved a very unnoriginal industrial tone, which they kept for several albums. The last two, though, broke out from that but still had a very generic metalcore tonality to it. Sure, the songs are very good, but it is far from original, like NBC was.
Now, a double album full of interesting, different and creative songs, with incredibly big and epic choruses and mild, agressive melodic riffs. The album has it all: from the slow ballads ("antidotes in passing") to the bluesy type riff with fast tempos ( "leech, realm of the wasted") that somehow are able to be harmonic and melodic, despite all that agressivness. That means the songs carry enough breathing space, with carefully placed bridges.
The tunes are crafted in a methodic, but sometimes formulaic way. But the fomula works, that's what matters most. If something is able to function well, that something is doing it right. I listened to this album countless times in a row, and I still come back to it every week. The infectious aspect to the songs are what keeps you going back.
All in all this is a perfect five stars. There is nothing that they did wrong this this one, and I can't wait for their next effort. Hopefully, they won't disapoint, and hopefully, it won't take long.
Hey, sorry, I've been busy today. Anyways, some brief feedback:
First of all, there are some words in here - "sirurgic" especially - that don't make sense. You might want to fix those.
Second, it's clear that English isn't your first language, and it's admirable that you're making an effort here. There are some cleanups I'd suggest here and there, like "abe" and "disapoint" but it's not bad.
I just can't get into this album... There's nothing overtly wrong with it, it just all blends into one long melodic mid-tempo trudge. There's almost no tempo changes on this album, and no aggression whatsoever. It's just a boring direction for the band to take.
Sure, you can point to like 3 songs out of 20 that switch the tempo up, that doesn't change the fact that almost every song has the same soaring interchangeable chorus that hits the same notes every time. With an album that feels like 2 hours you'd think there'd be a bit more variety. The guitar melodies are pretty well written and the musicianship is tight especially on the instrumentals, but the whole affair feels too soft with no edge and the hooks fall short compared to their better work. I'm glad somebody liked it though.