Soilwork
Steelbath Suicide


3.5
great

Review

by Yazz_Flute USER (36 Reviews)
February 16th, 2007 | 73 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Track list:

1 Entering the Angel Diabolique
2 Sadistic Lullaby
3 My Need
4 Skin After Skin
5 Wings of Domain
6 Steelbath Suicide
7 In a Close Encounter
8 Centro de Predominio
9 Razor Lives
10 Demon in Veins
11 The Aardvark Trail


With their debut album, Soilwork became popular almost overnight in Sweden. Steelbath Suicide introduced a new melodic-death metal band with loads of potential. Every song features some simply amazing instrumentation, from the melodic opener, to the storm of riffage in the excellent closer. Speed also showcases that screaming comes easy to him, his vocals on this album will make your ears bleed (not an insult)

Of course their are some noticeable flaws in the record. Perhaps the most noticeable is the fact that all of the songs sound very similar, save two or three. There are 11 tracks on the album, but it would seem like 2 long tracks without the pause in between songs. This doesn’t really matter as the album is still a good listen, it’s just not as interesting as Soilwork’s other releases. Another flaw is Speed’s lack of variety in the vocals. All he really does is scream, with the exception of the chorus of My Need This combined with the same general riffing sometimes makes some of the songs a dull listen. Another con is that all of the songs are pretty short. Most of them are less than 3 and a half minutes long, so there’s nothing really epic here like the other albums. Luckily, the instrumentation really brings this album up.

Overall, this is probably the best album that Soilwork has done solo-wise, honestly. Just about every song has one, and they are all really good. Solos in songs like Skin After Skin and Steelbath Suicide will make your skin crawl. Plus, this album has to instrumentals, Entering the Angel Diabolique and Centro de Predominio, the former of those is basically a shred fest, and an amazing opener. Each of the solos are full of incredible melody, and are generally pretty speedy. The drumming is also a definite strong point. Sadistic Lullaby starts off right away with a drum fill that propels you face first into the pummeling verse, where the snare drum has the crap beaten out of it by Ranta. There’s also quite a bit of palm-muting done, as shown in the title track and some choice others. Some tracks like In a Close Encounter and Demon in Veins have an incredibly creepy atmosphere to them, adding a cool feel to them. Now that you know the general sound of the album, Ill just briefly go over the tracks.

The album starts off with Entering the Angel Diabolique, an instrumental that basically just consists of shredding. It gives you a good feel for what the album has to show. [b[Sadistic Lullaby[/b] is up next and damn what a song. The drums are pounding throughout, the guitars deliver with some amazing riffs and a great solo, and Speed delivers in the chorus, which is the best on the album. This is the best song on the album, the guitars add some great melodic parts to the chorus, yet stay furious in the verse. Next is My Need, which immediately starts with fast triplets. The chorus is very interesting. It features the guitars toned down a bit, and Speed Whispers instead of screams. This is the only song besides track 10 that has a non-screaming part. The solo is another melodic gem. Skin After SKin Then comes in with a strange opening riff, that actually sounds really cool. The verses are heavy and fast, and the chorus is really catchy, with Speed screaming “Skin after skin, sin after sin, lose or win.” This song also features one of the best solos, which like the others, is very fast and melodic, it’s just a little bit more well done. WIngs of Domain is built up almost solely on amazing riffing. The guitars retain an incredibly melodic riff throughout. One of the better songs instrumentally. Steelbath Suicide is a bit of a let down for a title track. It’s pretty short (About 2:50) but is very repetitive throughout. However, it does feature one of the best solos, which is similar to the one on Skin After Skin. In a Close Encounter has a creepy atmosphere to it, especially in the verses. The guitars are practically not doing anything except for a few notes here and there, while the keyboards add an ominous effect. It’s a really hard to describe sound, but it works. The rest of the song is basically just heavy riffing. Centro de Predominio is another instrumental. It’s not as well done as track 1, but is still a great track, full of excellent riffs and melodic solos. Razor Lives is the longest track on the album, at 4:24. It starts very slow and melodic, but then goes straight into machine gun drumming and a fast riff throughout the verse. The chorus adds a little more melody, yet retains the speed. Demon in Veins is another creepy track. It starts with weird keyboards and Speed talking with a bit of distortion. The chorus gets a little annoying, but is great to Headbang. Speed screams “DEMON” 8 times like he’s possessed. Another amazing solo here. FInally, The Aardvark Trail ends the album amazingly. Other than the two instrumentals, this song is the most amazing instrumentally. It starts with a bit of an odd riff, then it gets faster and the verse starts. The chorus here is just a very melodic and catchy riff, there are no vocals in the chorus. The solo at the end is another masterpiece. The song eventually fades out with Speed screaming the title of the song.

This is a great album overall, though the lack of variety makes a little boring sometimes, the instrumentation brings it up.

Recommended Tracks

1 Sadistic Lullaby
2 The Aardvark Trail
3 Razor Lives
4 My Need
5 Skin After Skin

Final Rating: 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Yazz_Flute
February 16th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What the hell? The Album Art didn't come up and I put a jpg pic there....

Eakflanderyof
February 16th 2007


2309 Comments


Your first three paragraphs are pretty good. I personally think you should have continued with the format of the first three paragraphs and substituted something else for the track by track portion. It's much better than your other reviews and I'll pos it, though.

I have never heard any Soilwork, but I've heard mixed opinions about them.

Wizard
February 16th 2007


20128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another awesome Soilwork album. I personally think they got better with age and progressed well without sacrificing any of their key elements to their sound. This is still one of the greater Gothenburg albums out there!

TheHamburgerman
February 16th 2007


1446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh, these guys are probably my least favorite melodic death metal band. They never write something really outstanding (with the exception of Wherever Thorns May Grow and If Possible). For good MDM I go for Insomnium, In Flames or Dark Tranquillity.

freudianslipknot
February 16th 2007


803 Comments


I actually have this CD and have never listened to it all the way through. Part way through I lose interest and put something else on . . .

ironman4444
February 16th 2007


276 Comments


Good review, I like what i've heard of these guys I'll probably check out more of them.

Yazz_Flute
February 16th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is def Soilwork's worst cd, though it's still pretty good (thus the 3.5) Soilwork is one of my favorite bands ever actually. I might like them more than In flames, and maybe Dark Tranquility. I only own one album from Insomnium so I can't say if I like them more or not. Some bands I like more than Soilwork that can be comsidered melo-death are Children of bodom, Norther, and maybe Kalmah.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 16th 2007


7925 Comments


http://ascendancymetal.com/images/covers/Soilwork%20-%20Steelbath%20Suicide.jpg

Yazz_Flute
February 16th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Okay I got the cover up =D

sam_valley
February 17th 2007


61 Comments


nice review, ive only heard the album Stabbing The Drama by these guys and that's an awesome album. I gotta check this out

Cravinov13
February 17th 2007


3854 Comments


Their older stuff is not as good IMO.

Yazz_Flute
February 17th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think their older albums are better, but this is their worst imo. Ill list them in order from my favorite to least actually right now.



1 A Predator's Portrait

2 The Chainheart Machine

3 Natural Born Chaos

4 Stabbing the Drama

5 Figure Number Five

6 Steelbath Suicide



That's my favorite to least favorite, their all great albums though.

Cravinov13
February 17th 2007


3854 Comments


IMO Natural Born Chaos is the best.

Yazz_Flute
February 18th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

CHM and NBC are basicallyt tied for second, I just put CHM ahead of NBC because of the song "Machine Gun MAjesty" It kicks @$$.

Wizard
February 18th 2007


20128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heres my list:

1. Stabbing the Drama

2. Natural Born Chaos

3. The Chainheart Machine

4. A Predators Portrait

5. Figure Number Five

6. Steelbath Suicide





metalhead17
May 15th 2007


234 Comments


I've been meaning to listen to these guys.

Yazz_Flute
May 15th 2007


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Soilwork's a good, solid band. I've grown off of them sicne my obsession with them (around Jan-Feb this year i couldnt stop listening to them) but they're still a great band. HOwever, the only album of theirs i've been listening to lately is "a PRedator's Portrait" which is blatantly their best. I'd start there with them if you want to know their older stuff. For their newer works, I suggest NAtural BOrn CHaos, it's their second best album imo and their best of their three newer albums. APP is their best of their three older albums.

FR33L0RD
October 5th 2007


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprisingly good for a debut album

hybridstigmata
August 2nd 2008


170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes this was a very good debut cd. I'd have to say A Predator's Portrait is my favorite by them but I like all their albums.

trilogique
July 29th 2009


246 Comments


Love this album so much. Soilwork rank:

1. A Predator's Portrait
2. Steelbath Suicide
3. Natural Born Chaos
4. Chainheart Machine
5. Figure Number Five
6. Sworn to a Great Divide
7. Stabbing the Suckdrama.



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