Sound — 7
Soilwork are a renowned melodic death metal band who first arose from the back alleys of Helsingborg, Sweden in 1995. Between the band's racing riffs, polished melodic sound, and raging energies immediately began to appeal to alternative metal fans across the globe with their debut album, "Steelbath Suicide". Since their formation, the band has release a multitude of studio albums, as well as slowly begin to implement some notable blues rock influences into their music, as to further amplify and expand upon their sound. Now, Soilwork return to the music world with their first studio album in 3 years, "The Living Infinite". As we take a look at the lead single, "This Momentary Bliss", we see Soilwork powerfully returning back to their heavy rocking form, showcasing raging vocals and a righteous pick grinding lick. It's not as molten as their early releases, but it's still in all rights a great tune, and gives us a great first impression into what we can all expect from the album.
Lyrics — 8
Lead vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid gives a magnifying performance throughout the new record. Heavy as hell singing as always, and this helps provide each track with a classic 90's metal feel and sound to them. A lot of times, it's Bjorn's singing that holds a song together, and this helps the entire album flow together brilliantly.
Overall Impression — 7
For the most part, "The Living Infinite" is a pretty good album by a great metal band. The overall sound is much lighter on the ears as compared to Soilwork's earlier releases, and the product itself is great, but coming from a band renowned for heart racing hits the album does admittedly fall a little short. Nonetheless, there are some standout tracks, such as "This Momentary Bliss", "Spectrum Of Eternity", and "Rise Above The Sentiment", which should appeal to established fans of the band. Any melodic metal fan should look into picking up this album for themselves, as well as any established Soilwork fan.