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Soilwork just get better and better,
This review is from: Figure Number Five (Limited Version) (Audio CD)
And the award for hardest working men in metal goes to Soilwork. This, incredibly, is the Swede's fifth album in five years - a prolific rate of work in this age of 'four month recordings, eight month mixings, one year's touring and one year off' schedules.
As if the fact that they release an album every year wasn't reason enough to love 'em, the fact that each one manages to be better than the last is staggering. Bringing Devin Townsend in in a knob-twiddling capacity on the predecessor to this was a master stroke and, whilst he didn't produce this album his signature sound is all over it - massive crunch in the guitars, lush keys in the background and the catchiest metal choruses known to man.
Soilwork have certainly found their niche in the metal world - more immeidately accessible than Dark Tranquillity due to their catchy hooks and choruses yet not losing any intensity because of it they seem destined to keep churning out fantastic albums seemingly until they get bored with it.
Bjorn Strid's vocals have improved again on this album. Unlike most metal singers, when he actually sings you don't cringe with embarrassmnet. The man can actually sing - of course there is probably a hefty amount of pro-tools on his voice and I'd be willing to bet good money that he can't pull the soaring vocals on the like of 'Overload', 'Rejection Role' and 'The Mindmaker' live - but still, it sounds damn good here so who's complaining!
Peter Wichers and Ola Frenning literally tear through some superb solos which never sound like the gratuitous fret-wankery that metal solos often are and the rhythm section sounds as tight as ever.
Another superb effort from Sweden't finest. Can't wait a year for the next one!