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I really love the album and highly recommend it to fans of the band old and new. Its also a great album to start on if your new to the band. If you like catchy melodic death metal with some technical proggy touches then this is the album for you!
Continuous lineup changes have brought new creative input to the band (sometimes unsuccessfully; STAGD) but Bjorn Strid's voice has a uniqueness to it which ties everything together and keeps everything sounding like Soilwork. Having said that, there are definitely two sounds to the band now. Speed continues to write in the classic melodeath vibe as once did Peter Wichers, but David and to a greater extent Sylvain bring a whole new array of guitar sounds and vibes to the music which make for a much more diverse album than previous efforts. This album definitely sits well with The Living Infinite and to a lesser extent The Panic Broadcast. These three albums are Soilwork MKII in my opinion as they have a fresher and more technical sound than much of the older material.
I've never really liked Sworn to a Great Divide or Stabbing the Drama (except for the title track) as they don't seem to progress in a meaningful way from the albums that preceded them. This new material harks back to the days of A Predator's Portrait and also brings in many new influences which enhance the music and bring it up to date. This is fast becoming my favorite Soilwork album.
Maybe In Flames need a few lineup changes to sort out the dreadful material that they seem to be releasing lately.
The melodies are stronger, the ferocity more focused and an even smoother continuity track to track.
It makes one wonder: just how far will this band progress beyond this point? It is so incredibly perfect already. But they continue to push themselves, and this album is irrefutable proof.
The first two singles "The Ride Majestic" and "Enemies in Fidelity" already had my welcomed attention. Having just listened to the whole album, "Alight in the Aftermath" became an instant obsession song with Bjorn's expertly executed dialogue of shouts, yells, soaring cleans and raw emotion. Cranking that emotional roller coaster to 11 is the reprised title track "The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)," but don't be fooled; there's plenty of low end heavy rumbling from the guitars/bass and mechanically precise blasting to keep your cranium oscillating. This one has the personal lyrical touch of Bjorn's connection to his deceased grandmother, who was a very powerful influence during the recording of the album. You can feel both the sorrow of the loss, and the appreciation of getting to share life together.
My favorite release of 2015 will be this album -- doesn't matter what else comes out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliantly melodic, but still thrashy and heavy. Not too over the top with slow sections or ballads. Overall an awesome release which brings back flashes of old Soilwork.Published 4 days ago by Ryan
Not as good as Infinite but Soilwork is Soilwork. Cool vibe with slide guitar on the album.Published 4 months ago by Marek
One of the best soilwork album's out there. Can't take it out my cd player!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
While bands like In Flames, the Haunted, and other Euro metal bands are getting worse and worse with every new release, Soilwork has been rocking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Someguy
Continue to amaze. More melodic than previous albums, but still just as good.Published 5 months ago by Kyle W Turpin
An epic album of all sorts. Soilwork have released a lot of albums in their career but this sure does hit you with a majestic ride.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer