While Figure Number Five did solidify Swedish metal act Soilwork's mainstream crossover style of melodeath and alternative metal, the band somehow took this direction a step further with Sworn to a Great Divide; a record initially believed to be a sequel of sorts to Natural Born Chaos for some inexplicable reason, though I digress. Despite being musically consistent and featuring snazzy production, the album's biggest problem lies within the composition job: most tracks either don't have that pwnage factor or seem to be only slightly indistinguishable. Not even Bjorn Strid's vocal performance on here is enough to help out the one-dimensional nature of these ditties. But even with its number of misfires, Sworn to a Great Divide isn't that terrible of an album. For what they went for, Soilwork gets a mostly tolerable score in my book - and if I didn't experience releases like Steelbath Suicide or the already-mentioned Natural Born Chaos beforehand, this would actually be very good. Recommended picks: "The Pittsburgh Syndrome," "Exile," and "Breeding Thorns".