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Soilwork Smash The Double Album Hoodoo Into Itty Bitty Pieces
on 17 February 2014
First off I have to be honest and tell you that I have purchased every Soilwork release, paid to see them in concert four times, and have three tour shirts in my extensive collection. I am most unashamedly a fan. Which is why this release had me worried for two reasons. One, the last time the band hit the studio without Peter Wichers it resulted in their weakest release, Sworn To A great Divide. And two, double albums have brought a lot of bands to their knees, exposing egos that can't cut the chaff, resulting in a lot of filler songs seeing the light of day.
Thankfully, Soilwork have proven to me with The Living Infinite that my fears were completely unfounded, and that they truly are at the top of the Swedish metal pile. Which is saying something when you stop and consider the amazing amount of quality that has come out of their homeland ever since we were blessed with At The Gates seminal Slaughter Of The Soul. The Living Infinite is a fantastic example of the Gothenburg sound, showcasing why this brand of music has grabbed so many fans world wide and why it's been so influential with other metal musicians.
The thing that grabbed me upon finishing my first listen to this twenty song collection, is how well constructed each and every song on The Living Infinite is. Showing a level of song writing maturity that few others have been able to obtain consistently over a double album release. When you add to this the amount of huge hooks, the choruses that worm their way into your brain, the level of musicianship, the excellent uncluttered production, and the European sensibility in their soloing, you have a double album that really needs to be in the collection of all discerning metalheads. Nine albums into a bands output it is unfortunately unusual to be this pleasantly surprised.
So, if I'm raving this much, why only four stars? Two reasons. The first is that if Amazon offered half star ratings I would have given this four and a half stars. The second being that as fantastic a vocalist as Speed Strid is (see them live people, the man is a force of nature who hits every last little bit perfectly), I'm still of the mind that some more aggression in his delivery would really take this band over the top.
Having said all that, The Living Infinite is a double album that I have been very happy to recommend to my circle of metal loving friends and to you. Buy it and revel in it. I sincerely believe that the reason that this release hasn't gotten a bigger buzz around it is that Soilwork have been around for as long as they have. If they were a newish act people would be shouting their praises all over the place. Add this to your collection and know that in a world with so much choice, you are in fact one of the smart, discerning ones who embrace quality over hype, smoke and mirrors.