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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn near flawless., 2 Feb 2005
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T. Carne "Techie wage-slave" (Cambridge UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Predator's Portrait (Audio CD)
If you're even remotely interested in extreme metal, you must hear this record. This is up there with Carcass' Heartwork and At The Gates' Slaughter of the Soul as pure metal genius. It's intense, melodic and has brilliant vocals, and does the near unthinkable by improving on Soilwork's earlier Chainheart Machine, thought by many to be the best record the band would ever put out. All the musical elements mesh perfectly, a problem with Chainheart Machine as some songs were enormously complex and a little confusing to listen to, and there honestly isn't a bad track on the record. How many bands can claim that? Not many I'd say. Another slice of musical brilliance from a band that never cease to deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best metal album of 2001, 19 Dec 2001
This review is from: A Predator's Portrait (Audio CD)
It's make or break time for Soilwork here. "Chainheart Machine" was a fantastic album, but to follow it up with more of the same would not be a move in the right direction, as far as I am concerned. And fortunately for us, they didn't, and what we have here is what is in my opinion one of the best metal albums of 2001. Whilst it hasn't been the greatest year for metal admittedly, it still faced some stiff competition with new albums from Opeth, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth and Emperor. However, I am proud to say that that Soilwork delivered the goods that were required.
There are a lot of elements present from "Chainheart Machine" here. The thrashy, heavily melodic, intricate riffs are still here. The blinding solos are still here. But more or less gone is a focus on the death/thrash sound that formed the best part of their debut album. Instead, there is a focus on groove and catchiness. The album grabs you from the opening track and doesn't relinquish until the final note of the last track on the album. Most importantly, the biggest change is the use of cleanly sung vocals. Not all bands pull off the mix of death metal growls/rasps and cleanly sung vocals, but Soilwork certainly do. The clean vocals are reminiscent of that of Opeth, and indeed Opeth frontman Mikael Ackerfeldt makes an appearance on the title track of "A Predators Portrait", blending in so effortlessly, that you would hardly know he was there if you didn't read the liner notes.
The opening track "Bastard Chain" wouldn't sound out of place on Soilwork's previous album, at least, that is what you think on hearing the opening riff. But the thrashy melodi-death drumming quickly gives way to a groovier beat, and this is where Soilwork start to shine. Heavy, chunky riffs work with the drums to create something that is ultimately melodic and catchy, but at the same time, with an intensity that picks you up and throws you across the room. The song even moves into heavy metal territory during the guitar solo (again with guitarists Frenning and Wichers taking it turns to show off), something Soilwork do quite frequently on this album. It shows that they are able to expand and progress, and mix various styles into their songs.
"Like The Average Stalker" isn't your typical death-thrasher at all. A straight heavy metal song, full of melodic riffs and hooks, and great lyrics. This is the first track to feature the cleanly sung vocals, although they do not have as much of an impact as they do on later songs. "Needlefeast" launches into some jaw dropping lead guitar work from the outset, and is one of the most impressive songs Soilwork have ever done. The cleanly sung vocals DO take prominence on this song, making the chorus catchy enough to sing along to, whilst maintaining "headbang-ability" (TM). "Neurotica Rampage" is another one of my favorites, and has possibly the best chorus in any modern metal song I have heard. The album is solid and consistent from beginning to end. The lyrics are much improved. The leads are even better than ever. The solos are brilliant. The vocals are great. Everything about this album is great. If you think that there haven't been any great metal albums this year, then you obviously haven't picked this one up yet. With extreme metal god Devin Townsend in the producers seat for album four (and guesting on one of the tracks), I can't wait to see what Soilwork come up with next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd, 8 May 2014
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Mr. P. J. Harrison (derby UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Predator's Portrait (Audio CD)
Went to Hammer fest saw them and like there music, will buy more of there suff. Good band worth seeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!, 30 Jan 2008
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This review is from: A Predator's Portrait (Audio CD)
I can't stop listening to it. Brutal, yet melodic. Catchy choruses. Great tracks that flow nicely from one to the other. In less than 24 hours Neurotic Rampage made into my 25 most played playlist in iTunes and I I do listen to my music a lot.

This album prompted me to buy all other albums from the band. I want more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars worthy follow up to the chainheart machine, 12 July 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Predator's Portrait (Audio CD)
album number 3 was meant to be difficult for soilwork as some thought that the previous album was unbeatable,but that only gave the band the challenge they wanted and so a predators portrait is the result and what an album of effortless riffs,breathtaking solos,melodic chorus' and keyboards that sound like an angel is attached to them.

On this album their gothenberg sound really shines through,album opener bastard chain burns through your face like acid,the album includes instant classics such as live your average stalker,grand failure anthem,shadowchild and more,its an album that gets more rewarding with each listen.Do yourself a favour and get this.
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