Soilwork
The Ride Majestic


4.5
superb

Review

by XfingTheSullen USER (54 Reviews)
August 28th, 2015 | 577 replies


Release Date: 08/28/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Soilwork come full circle and exceed all expectations - once again.

Back in 2003 when Soilwork released Figure Number Five the band's fanbase split in two. The album marked a huge departure from the band's previous heavy, fast and thrashy sound towards mainstream, alternative metal meant to appeal to the masses. Then Stabbing the Drama followed suit, still adhering to the same formula, only that time throwing the old fans a half-hearted bone in the form of the song "Blind Eye Halo". Who would have thought that ten years from that moment Soilwork would once again be playing blast beats in every song and using riffs reminescent of black metal" Who would have thought that the aforementioned song would in retrospect actually be a harbinger of what was to come and not just a sentimental rehash"

Well, hints of that we had already been receiving starting with 2010's The Panic Broadcast - that album already marked in the eyes of many the beginning of an upward slope for the band after the lackluster phase. The double album that followed validated these predictions and then some. And here we are now - treated to a follow-up to an album many don't think can ever be topped. Well then - looks like we will seriously need to re-evaluate that position.

The Ride Majestic isn't about "reconciling the new and the old Soilwork" anymore, like the band liked to describe their endeavors in recent years ("new" apparently meaning "FNF to STAGD"). This goes way beyond that. It's an entirely new Soilwork in its own right - one just as melodic as in the band's lightest phase, and just as heavy - if not even heavier - than their first two albums.

Yes - the first impression you will have about this album is that it is indeed heavy. And we're not talking not pretend-heavy or throw-the-old-fans-a-bone heavy, but sincerely, genuinely, bone-crushingly heavy. The intensity of Verbeuren's drumming reaches new peaks - due in part to the production which unlike on the band's previous outings doesn't muffle the drums, but gives them appropriate bite.

It's not only the drumming that makes this album great though - brand new riffing patterns putting to shame the band's earlier cookie-cutter works are explored, song structures are enriched almost to the point of progginess and there is once again quite a bit of experimentation with various embellishments and little tastes to make the songs better - and we all know it's the little, subtle things that separate the amazing from the merely good. One example of that is the unorthodox outro blast beat part in "Enemies in Fidelity". Every song on the album has something similarly engaging going on for it - and importantly - not only during the choruses. The songs are written with care and an idea all the way through - that effort put into every minute detail really wins the day here.

Strid's vocals also deserve a mention - he's been tirelessly working on his technique and his ultra-high belted melodic screams now sound fuller, richer and he even has enough liberty and finesse now to deliver entire passages of them with varying pitch. This vocal performance is probably his grandest so far - I can honestly say I enjoyed listening to his voice this time around, while even on the excellent The Living Infinite there was something about it that felt lacking to me.

Things have indeed come full circle for Soilwork and they've climbed to new heights with The Ride Majestic - as far as this band is concerned it is an album of unparalleled heaviness, melody and intricacy and is immensely pleasurable and rewarding to listen to. It only begs the question: can they go even higher from here next time"



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MO
August 28th 2015


22483 Comments


listened to the t/t off this. it was ok. never been a huge fan of this band but I may peep this

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 28th 2015


3784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same as MO.



Would look forward to the Soulfly/Decapitated/Soilwork tour if it came to the UK.

Toondude10
August 28th 2015


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Ride Majestic0



will read later

Digging: Demon Hunter - War

XfingTheSullen
August 28th 2015


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah yeah corrected

Toondude10
August 28th 2015


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Strid's vocals also deserve a mention - he's been tirelessly working on his technique and his ultra-high belted melodic screams now sound fuller, richer and he even has enough liberty and finesse now to deliver entire passages of them with varying pitch - this vocal performance is probably his grandest so far - I can honestly say I enjoyed listening to his voice this time around, while even on the excellent The Living Infinite there was something about it that felt lacking to me."



This is one gigantic sentence, fix it up bro!

XfingTheSullen
August 28th 2015


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah yeah again

Toondude10
August 28th 2015


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

review's good otherwise. I could nitpick a couple things but I think you'll be fine.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2015


10445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i lyk this here thing u wrote

CaimanJesus
August 28th 2015


3739 Comments


Pos

someguest
August 28th 2015


29880 Comments


Piece of shit? That's not nice.

CaimanJesus
August 28th 2015


3739 Comments


Yeah I'm an asshole

Flugmorph
August 29th 2015


20499 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

im dazzled at how many reviews this already got

Toondude10
August 29th 2015


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

man the flagging system is all kinda of wack recently

PortalofPerfection
August 30th 2015


1991 Comments


Living Infinite was pretty damn entertaining, will give this a shot.

XfingTheSullen
August 30th 2015


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, that token 1, 1,5 and 2. No good album can ever come without those, lol.

XfingTheSullen
August 30th 2015


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If this is not good, then what is Sworn to a Great Divide? lol you'd have to give that one like - 2.0

Toondude10
August 30th 2015


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sworn is passable at best tbh

YuriZakhaev
August 30th 2015


442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Pittsburgh Syndrome is a pretty good track off there

XfingTheSullen
August 31st 2015


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Martyr is the only good track on there

Flugmorph
August 31st 2015


20499 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

you might have mistaken this for sworn



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