Let me begin by stating that I have never been a Soilwork fan until about 3 months ago. I bought this album on the strength of 1 song and my god am I glad I did. I have heard the previous album Natural Born Chaos but have not heard their earlier work such as Steelbath Suicide nor Predators Portrait, I'm lead to believe that they have become much more melodic.
Figure Number Five is a fantastic album in every respect, their talent for creating and maintaining killer melodies and riffs are blatently apparent on this from the word go, but don't let this fool you into thinking that Soilwork have gone soft, hell no, they may have a certain more developed melodic approach than previous efforts but their gut wrenching, ball crushing riffage and lead still remain. Pounding drums, clean guitar work and vocals as crisp as ever. No matter if Speed is screaming or singing they fit perfectly. Standout tracks are Departure Plan, Figure Number Five, Overload and the absolutely awesome Distortion Sleep. If you like Soilwork and loved the last album, this really will rock your world.