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Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama - 2005 - Nuclear Blast Records

Track Listing
1. Stabbing The Drama
2.One With The Flies
3.Weapon Of Vanity
4.The Crest Fallen
5.Nerve
6.Stalemate
7.Distance
8.Observation Slave
9.Fate In Motion
10.Blind Eye Halo
11.Wherever Thorns May Grow
It seems as though Sweden’s own Soilwork have achieved something special with the release of “Stabbing The Drama”. As the CD begins you are instantly kicked into a unique mix of metal and some heavy duty almost industrial riffs. The vocals are a combined clean and rough mix and this carries across the entire CD. As a whole this works very well and the end result is pretty much a kick you in the teeth metal CD that grows from similar bands like In Flames who pretty much kicked off the Gothenburg sound. The first tune which is also the title of the CD is unstoppable and it seems that I like it more and more on every listen. A true head banger in all senses of the word. Singer Speed mixes his styles and drummer Dirk Verbueren laying down among the smoothest drumming in metal that I have heard in some time. The guitar work of Peter Wichers also plays well along in the rhythm on this CD. I felt as though a strong emphasis was based on the bottom end of music first as there is so much groove on it that you either are raising a fist into the air, or jumping to the pit to bring it on. I was among the lucky ones to listen to this CD and interact with the label and a member of the group. The logic behind this record was to give fans a progression in their already existing work and generally just a heavy record. I feel they succeeded on all counts.

There are a number of standout tracks on the CD in addition to the title piece. Others that stood out for me were “One With The Flies” and then “Nerve”. In “Nerve” there is just a section that makes the whole piece. I give this high marks and feel as though Soilwork have succeeded in creating their most mature and signature piece with to date. “Stabbing The Drama” is a CD that both old and new fans of the band can find enjoyable. Do not pass up one of Nuclear Blast Records finest bands.

Rating: 8/10

-- Ken Pierce 08.10.05


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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REVIEWER DATE
Live In The Heart of HelsinkiSoilwork
2015
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2005
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Stabbing The DramaSoilwork
2005
Troy Cole3/17/2005
Sworn to a Great DivideSoilwork
2007
Sinnercorp6/25/2008
The Living InfiniteSoilwork
2013
Eric Compton3/24/2013
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2010
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2015
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2014
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