Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama - 2005 - Nuclear Blast Records
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.
-- Ken Pierce 08.10.05
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