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Soilwork
Sworn to a Great Divide

Company: Nuclear Blast America
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Sinnercorp
Genre: Melodic Death
Rating
3.5



  • If you're a fan through and through, then you'll definitely enjoy this



  • One of Sweden's finest melodic death metal bands and their latest album from 2007 "Sworn to a Great Divide" simply proves that these Swedish dudes still got it. When chief songwriter/lead guitarist Peter Wichers exited Soilwork, it was a question of how the writing would be affected. Would it still be a strong lineup after bringing in new guitarist Daniel Antonsson? The production is as solid as it was on Natural Born Chaos; you have all of the best elements from the previous albums, and a strong vocal performance from Bjorn (whose vocals were produced by Strapping Young Lad's Devin Townsend). Antonsson's riffs are brutal, heavy, and melodic, and the leads, solos, and harmonies are just superb, majestic, and fun to hum along to. Dirk Verbeuren does an all around solid, powerful job behind the drums as well. Every track on this album is worth the listen. "Sworn" is certainly not lacking in heaviness; some of the riffs of the title track are as heavy as anything out there. What sets this band apart is their skill and knack for melodic hooks, whether in vocals or guitar, which acts as a sort of balance to their brutal riffs and rhythmic chugging. Some people who'll enjoy Soilwork's older stuff like "Steelbath Suicide", "A Predator's Portrait", and "The Chainheart Machine" might not like this album, but if you're a fan of Soilwork through and through, then you'll definitely enjoy this album. The limited edition comes with a bonus track and a bonus DVD with footage from the making of the album, Exile music video, and a full live bootleg.


    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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