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Band
Soilwork
Title
The Ride Majestic
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2015
Style
Progressive
10/9/2015 - Review by: Greg Watson
Soilwork
The Ride Majestic




Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2015
Genre: Prog, melodic death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • A hearty slab



  • Swedish progressive outfit Soilwork return with "The Ride Majestic". While it isn't my favorite album by any means, "The Ride Majestic" is still a hearty slab of metal pie. What stood out to me most on the album was the latent black metal influence on the drumming and pace of the songs, which was a bit of a throwback to older era Soilwork. Before the meshing of death and clean vocals, Soilwork were predominantly a melodic-death band with black metal tendencies at times. That spirit has been recaptured musically on tracks like "Alight in the Aftermath", "Enemies in Fidelity" and especially "The Phantom". Vocally, the album follows the pattern of the last several albums with "Speed" alternating between growls/harsher vocals and his velvety smooth singing voice. Added to the mix for a little flavor are some gang vocals that add to the sing-along quality of several tracks. The production is solid as always and the final mix really allows the music and vocal layers to comingle and weave together in a tapestry of sound and wonder. Standout tracks for me are "The Phantom", "Death in General", "Whirl of Pain" and "Alight in the Aftermath". Fans of the band will feel right at home with "The Ride Majestic" and it will inevitably garner some new fans as well for these forward thinking Swedes.


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      3.5 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: SOILWORK
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Beyond The Infinite
    2014
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson11/10/2014
    3.5
    Live In The Heart of Helsinki
    2015
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson5/8/2015
    4
    Stabbing The Drama
    2005
    Nuclear Blast
    Ken Pierce8/10/2005
    -
    Stabbing The Drama
    2005
    Nuclear Blast
    Troy Cole3/17/2005
    -
    Sworn to a Great Divide
    2007
    Nuclear Blast
    Sinnercorp6/25/2008
    3.5
    The Living Infinite
    2013
    Nuclear Blast
    Eric Compton3/24/2013
    4.5
    The Panic Broadcast
    2010
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson8/9/2010
    4
    The Ride Majestic
    2015
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson10/9/2015
    3.5
    Verkligheten
    2019
    Nuclear Blast
    David Loveless2/23/2019
    4.5

    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: SOILWORK
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