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Stabbing The Drama (Nuclear Blast)

By: Mike SOS

Soilwork's's latest effort STABBING THE DRAMA may have its longtime fans who seek the more extreme side feeling cheated, but the Swedish sextet's 11-track album firmly plants this band as formidable successors in the long line for European metal domination. Perhaps the boys have added a bit too much melody when concocting these tunes, because there are some utterly friendly metal hooks on this disc that would give any current airwave darling that remotely resembles metal a run for their money. But don't fret just yet and burn all of your Soilwork discs, folks, as the boys still show us that they know how to rip it up (after all, they hail from Sweden), aptly shown on the deathly growls and massive guitar runs unleashed on "Blind Eye Halo" and "Weapon of Vanity". It's just that, like In Flames, Soilwork has found the roundabout way to reach more people by singing cleaner longer and allowing a heavy hook dictate the pace rather than a mind-bending solo or intricate arrangement, while trimming some of their extreme excesses down, and depending on how strong you feel about this band, STABBING THE DRAMA may be the turning point for Soilwork.
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