Alright, so it's a bit more accessible than other Soilwork albums... Half of it is sang in clean vocals, and many of the aongs have a verse-chorus structure.... But it's still good. To me, it's just as intense and pounding as "Natural Born Chaos", sometimes even moreso because of its basic drumming patterns and straight-forward sound. Just because mainstream kiddies get a hold of this doesn't give old fans a reason to abandon this band. If you really listen to it, it'll grow on you. After hearing the more technically-inclined "Natural Born Chaos" and listening to this, I was skeptical... But it came to grow on me, I can't get the choruses or rhythms out of my head. Believe me, this is a cd that will be in constant rotation in your stereo or car. If you're a fan of the older material, you most likely won't enjoy this. But if you're willing to let this grow on you, check it out at all costs.
The guitars and drums both are more focused on songwriting this time around. Rhythms are more straight-forward, and it seems like the presence of the band is more powerful, and a lot of the guitars follow a power-chord structure. Speed uses his clean vocals more here, but he still has his signature semi-growl on songs like "Figure Number Five".
1. Rejection Role- One of Soilwork's most-played songs. Has a bold, strong chorus, and some great solos. 5/5
2. Overload- More keyboard-oriented with some industrial samples. Speed's vocals are strong, and a pounding rhythm accents the chorus, which will stick in your head for weeks on end. Another strong song. 5/5
3. Figure Number Five- Shows a return to the ferocity of "Natural Born Chaos". Fast, brutal... Oh yeah! 4/5
4. Strangler- A faster song, and a bit more aggressive. The lyrics are great, and the chorus here is great as well. A typical song, but it has its moments. 4/5
5. Light the Torch- A scorching riff leads to a headbanging passage, and retains an aggressive but catchy feel through the whole song. Another promo single from the album. 5/5
6. Departure Plan- A pseudo-ballad?! Ah well, it comes off great in my opinion! The keys so a great job of backing the melodic guitars and desperate chorus. A nice departure from the other songs, with Speed using his clean vocals coupled with acoustic guitars through the whole song. 5/5
7. Cranking the Sirens- My favorite song! A totally addicting chrous with a crunchy verse. A very strong song, this will stick in your head for weeks. 5/5
8. Brickwalker- Solid rhythm... A normal song, nothing too special, but very catchy with exceptional drum work. 3/5
9. The Mindmaker- Another song that sounds like it could have been on "Natural Born Chaos". A bit more technical than the other singles on the album, and sums up thw album pleasantly. 4/5
10. Distortion Sleep- A slower song with amazing guitar melodies backed by the bleak synths. Amazing lyrics, as well as a very nice chorus. 5/5
11. Downfall 24- This song didn't really do much for me, it sounds a little bit TOO mainstream, although that was the aim, undoubtedly. But a nice chorus is here. 3/5
Some may complain that this albun is "too much of the same song", which is understandable. But I personally think that this is a gem in the field of metal, and shows that Soilwork can experiment in being mainstream but still be true to themselves. Highly reccommended.