The Living Infinite
(Nuclear Blast)

Oh Soilwork, a double album? Why? No matter what level of success you are at as a band there is absolutely no point in releasing a double album. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. However, I do respect the ambitious nature of the band for releasing such a monster release despite losing founding member Peter Wichers once again.

Although the band has gone through some changes one element has remained in tact, and that is their signature sound. New guitarist David Andersson has adapted quite nicely with the band’s style and works well alongside Sylvain Coudret.

Disc 1 introduces listeners to the subtle sounds of a soothing cello before being attacked with the fierce wrath of heavy metal in “Spectrum of Eternity.” The beginnings of this disc are easy listens with no complaints of the thrashing grooves that Soilwork is known for. I can’t say the same towards the end of disc 1 however, as it sort of drifts into nothing special. At least there are some strong tracks with “This Momentary Bliss” and “Tongue.”

Disc 2 opens with more prog distortion than the simple cello of disc 1. A few songs go by before you might turn your head to what is playing. While some may say the song lacks the heavy signature of Soilwork, “Antidotes In Passing” gets some credit for highlighting Bjorn Strid’s clean vocal styles; the guy is damn talented. “Leech” is obviously the catching single of disc 2 providing the intensity that the rest of the album lacks in providing.

The Living Infinite certainly isn’t a bad double album, I just wish it was split up in a better manner. Length wise it’s long, a bit too long. Material wise it is an interesting blend of soft and heavy. The band has clearly been experimenting a bit with their songwriting and have used the double album exposure as a way to give listeners a taste of what else they have to offer. Maybe not one of their best releases; it certainly doesn’t suck entirely. (Stacey Heath)

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