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Soilwork – The Ride Majestic – Album Review

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The Ride Majestic
Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 28 August 2015
Review by Salla Harjula

I’m not sure whether the time for the whole Swedish melodic death metal thing has driven past nowadays. Of course, the influence is everywhere. EVERYWHERE. But do people get excited over a new Soilwork or In Flames release in 2015 anymore? Canonical fathers of the genre or not?

Honestly, it does feel like these bands need to struggle for relevancy in the minds of the general public now. You can’t help but expect something a bit uninspired from near middle-aged dudes reproducing their tried and tested thing over and over again. And you might be tempted to just give it a miss, what with all these exciting novel bands flooding your Internet all over the place.

Well, mistake! At least when it comes to The Ride Majestic. Soilworks latest offering is definitely not groundbreaking or ambitiously avant-garde or pushing the edge of the envelope or anything. But DAMN if it isn’t enjoyable.

Such captivating melodies. Such viciously delicious riffs. Such graceful yet thunderous drum work. Such top notch brutal screaming blended with sing-sing-singalongable clean choruses.

Look. It may be the modern metal equivalent of easy listening, but dude, who cares when it’s just the right fusion of aggression, power, elegance, skilled musicianship, flawless sound production, and bloody gripping hooks?

Check out haunting standout track The Phantom or opulent Petrichor By Sulphur and see if you don’t agree. Prepare to be entertained!


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