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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely incredible album, 18 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Natural Born Chaos (Audio CD)
Quite simply the best melodic metal album I have ever heard. Their previous albums, excellent though they are, could not prepare me for the mesmerising beauty of this album, I was quite literally blown away. It has not left my stereo since I bought it!
The musicianship is incredible, guitar work is tight and aggressive throughout and the drumming is outstanding. The vocals are less of a departure from the band's earlier days, but complement the music perfectly, with the anthemic choruses particularly powerful. the twin leads of the guitar work are reminiscent of Iced Earth and even Iron Maiden, but if I had to draw a direct comparison, musically, it would be with Dream Theater's 'Images and Words'.
I don't think it would be hyperbole to say that there isn't a weak track on the album but, for me, standout cuts are Black Star Deceiver, Mindfields, No More Angels and As We Speak.
Any pillock who thinks metal begins and ends with s**t like Coal Chamber should buy this album to make amends. A true masterpiece
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant effort from the Swedish melodic masters, 13 Mar 2004
This review is from: Natural Born Chaos (Audio CD)
Possibly Soilwork’s finest album to date, Natural Born Chaos is a bit of a masterpiece. Despite the fact that by the time this record came out the band were nowhere near as heavy or intense as they had been on their superb first two albums, or that they had all but abandoned the Melodic Death genre in which they previously reigned supreme, it is a work of rare skill and intelligence. Opener ‘Follow The Hollow’ is arguably the finest song the band has ever written, and the standard doesn’t drop from there on in. Catchy and heavy riffing with memorable choruses is what Soilwork do best, and on this album they deliver in spades. Sven Karlsson’s keyboards are used more on this record than on any of its predecessors, and to noticable effect. Whilst there may not be anything to match the frantic riffing and aggression of ‘Sadistic Lullabye’ or ‘Chainheart Machine’, there is plenty to get your head banging. The excellent title track has a chorus to die for, and more clean singing than most people familiar with the band’s older material would have expected. The album’s ace in the hole though, is the caption on the back sleeve of the CD, ‘Produced by Devin Townsend’. Mr Metal himself was at the controls for this, and it sounds as good as you’d expect, with the balance between instruments as good as it possibly could be. The icing on the cake is the presence of Devin as guest vocalist on the song ‘Black Star Deceiver’. The guy still sounds as aggressive as he always has, and his presence makes a good song even better. All fans of Metal should check this album out, and although some long-term Soilworkers may at first think that the band have sold out by not being as aggressive and heavy as they used to, after a few listens they will most likely concede that the maturing process is all for the better. Absolutely superb stuff, and one of the best Metal albums of recent years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best metal album ever., 25 Nov 2003
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This really is an absolute masterpiece and was the album that introduced me to metal. Soilwork defines swedish metal in every stereotype but only because so many other bands have copied their style. Look at the other reviews. A band with this many 5 star review has got to be good at the least. Well this fourth Soilwork album isn't just good. it is the definative melodic thrash metal album.
there really isn't a bad song on the album and there are just so many crunching riffs, catchy meodic choruses and as far as i know a killer solo in the that would most band guitarists to shame. Please buy this album, it is an absolute masterpiece. It will be considered one of the classics in 10 or 15 years, so if you like metal, buy this CD, NOW.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soilwork raise the stakes even higher, 17 Mar 2002
This review is from: Natural Born Chaos (Audio CD)
If an album's opening track can make you just sit there in awe and go "wow", then you are generally onto a winner. "Natural Born Chaos", the fourth long player from Swedish metaller's Soilwork promised to take most of the elements from their previous effort, "A Predators Portrait" (my 2001 metal album of the year), and take them to the next level. You hear bands making claims like this quite often, but the bands who actually live up to their own hype are a dime a dozen. Soilwork are one such band.
"Follow The Hollow" opens up with bleepy, electronic, synth driven sample, sounding something like Fear Factory would do, but then, after a few seconds, the guitars and drums kick in and they launch straight into one of the albums more agressive songs. The thrashy melodi-death sound of their earlier efforts now all but gone, they go straight into a heavy groove, and just as you are getting used to the album's first aural assault, they move off into another rhythmicdirection with some of the finest melodies ever to grace a metal album since the 80s. The clean vocals on this album have certainly been taken to a new level on this album, with the harmonies and actual leads being a lot more prominent and stronger than those on "A Predators Portrait".
"As We Speak" is slower paced, gentler (by metal standards) song, with some excellent melodies throughout. It is these wonderful melodies that hold the album together. And this album also sees Strid experiment more with his pitched vocals...there are a lot on this album, but they aren't all clean. The vocal line to the album's title track is based soley around melody, and Strid is able to sing in tune but keep some of the harshness of his typical death metal rasps.
This album is not as intense as any of Soilwork's previous efforts, including "A Predators Portrait", and this may disappoint some fans. But it shouldn't. Soilwork's move away from the sound of Steelbath Suicide is what sets them apart from a lot of Swedish metal bands. Had they stuck to the original forumla, Soilwork would not have become the mindblowing band they are. They would be just another Swedish melodi-death band. This album represents everything Soilwork have been moving towards. If "A Predators Portrait" was near-perfect, then this is a perfect metal album. At first I wasn't convinced it was better than APP, but after numerous listens, I can hand on my heart say that it is. Not by much, but it still has that extra edge. I love melodies, and this album has some fantastic ones. The chorus of "Mindfields", the uncharacteristic clean guitar intro of "The Bringer", and whilst on the subject of "The Bringer", this song possibly has one of Soilwork's best choruses yet.
Let's talk about Devin Townsend for a moment. Devin's natural ear for combining melody and heaviness is very apparent on this album. The melodies shine through, without letting up Soilwork's level of heaviness, just like Devin accomplished in his Strapping Young Lad days. The production is top notch, with the guitars sounding warm and chunky, every note distinguishable. The keyboards have been brought forward somewhat, without ever being allowed to dominate the music. And Strid's vocals sound better than ever. And let's not forget Devin's superb guest appearance on "Black Star Deceiver". All Devin fans have to check this out. The guy still has that anger of his SYL days in him somewhere, and he lets it rip on this track. The interplay between him and Strid just has to be heard.
So, I suppose the only way to sum up this review is in a similar vein to the way I summed up my previous Soilwork review. Where can they go from here? Who knows...they sky really is the limit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars melodic metal at its finest, 22 Feb 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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this is a class album,produced by the metal god devin townsend and filled with as much intensity and melodies as an album could ever hold,its so catchy and you will be singing these songs in your head before you know it,its a very passionate album and that is always good as the band just sound so sincere in what they do,this is a class soilwork album,hold on a second,arent they all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soilwork are STILL the best around !!!, 13 Mar 2002
This review is from: Natural Born Chaos (Audio CD)
Soilwork have been my long time favorite band about, i like alot of metal, from Cryptopsy - Opeth, but i think these are the best all rounders about, but this made me worry, with the nu-metal trend in, would Soilwork "sell-out" for money ? ......
The answer .... NO !!! Even though this may be they most moldic album to date, it still has all the heavyness and rawness of ever other Soilwork album, and some of the catchest heavy riffs i've ever heard, and also keeps them metallica style solo's too!
I'm not going to go into detail of each song, as they are all great and there really is not a poor song, so long time fans don't worry, YOU NEED THIS ALBUM, and if your a new Soilworker, this is a great album to start on, but then they all are, this band rules !!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soilwork at there peek, 24 Jun 2004
This review is from: Natural Born Chaos (Audio CD)
This album shows Soilwork at there best! I aint guna go into great detail but to cut it short:
Exellent Guitar solo's
great riffs
great Keyboard parts
great drumming
nice catchy songs that you'll be humming for ages
But all in all it's there best album so far followed by Figure number five. If your a fan of In Flames or Dark Tranquility check this band out if you already know them then get this album for sure.
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