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Brilliant effort from the Swedish melodic masters,
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.