Released: July 13, 2010
Soilwork, the six man Swedish death metal band from Helsingborg, has released their eighth studio album The Panic Broadcast. Nearly three years after Soilwork’s last album, Sworn to a Great Divide, The Panic Broadcast marks the return of co-founder and original lead guitarist Peter Wichers who also produces this album.
While it seems they have gradually lost their sound over the years, this album brings back the brutal intensity of their early records as well as improved guitar solos and songwriting. They mix it up, making this their most diverse album yet.
A few of the tracks will make you believe they have warped back in time to return to their death metal roots while others rely on the more modern sound of clean vocals contrasting with growls and screams. Vocalist Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid may not have the deepest growls but his vocal work on this album definitely works. The excellent melodic guitar solos you would expect are here, as well as plenty of heavy, technical riffs.
Taking you back in time about ten years, “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter” is a perfect album opener– fast and heavy with blistering riffs. Drummer Dirk Verbeuren slams you with his powerful blastbeats and double-bass drumming, keeping the tempo at warp speed. “King of the Threshold” follows this same outpouring of tempo, vocals and passion.
The second track, “Two Lives Worth of Reckoning,” is one of my favorites. Growling vocals lead to one of the more catchy choruses, showing Strid’s clean vocals followed by more growls, then a sweet melodic guitar solo.
“Let This River Flow” slows things down a bit, but the quality doesn’t drop here. Starting out with a short acoustic intro, it then picks up a little. Strid’s employment of clean vocals contrasting with his growls make this track another one of my favorites.
The melodic “The Thrill” is another favorite, featuring an excellent guitar solo and another catchy chorus.
Overall this is an excellent album and while there are several different styles, they all seem to work. This is a very talented group of musicians who have found their groove again. The album definitely features some of their best work in years and whether you are a fan of their older sound or modern works, you will enjoy this album!
1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning
3. The Thrill
4. Deliverance Is Mine
5. Night Comes Clean
6. King of the Threshold
7. Let This River Flow
9. The Akuma Afterglow
10. Enter Dog of Pavlov
11. Sweet Demise (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
Björn “Speed” Strid – vocals
Peter Wichers – guitar
Ola Flink – bass guitar
Sven Karlsson – keyboards
Dirk Verbeuren – drums
Sylvain Coudret – guitar