Melodic death metal bands are a 'dime-a-dozen' these days. They're all trying to capitalize on the whole modern extreme metal scene that seems to be a commercial success among our victimized youth. But it's merely a trojan horse, a smoke screen, for those surrendering to the status quo. A band like Sweden's Soilwork is a likely exception simply because they were there in those heady early days, and continue with sincerity.
Soilwork's latest The Panic Broadcast proves why they are masters of melodic death metal. The correct formula is apparent: a foundation of thrash metal, a dose of harsh extreme vocals, a small measure of power metal, and a strong pinch of metal melody, with everything wrapped up in a heavier than lead sound. Soilwork is the real deal. The album also marks the return of long-time Soilwork guitarist and founder Peter Wichers, who also picks up the role as the album's producer.
However, while they can be a standard by which others are judged, everything seems familiar. Just listen to Late for the Kill, The Thrill, or Night Comes Clean, and everything seems similar, unsurprising, and predictable. But it all sounds so good. If you distilled the harsh vocals to nothing creating pure melodic heavy/thrash metal than The Panic Broadcast would deal a kill shot. The Thrill comes so close. Actually, if you bounce the harsh vocals and abusive heaviness, The Panic Broadcast could pass as melodic prog metal with a thrash foundation. But I'm only creating a hypothesis here. Anyway, this work is a huge rush of energy and creativity and, as always, the best part is the music and not those tired extreme vocals. Late for the Kill Early for the Slaughter, The Thrill, Deliverance, Night Comes Clean, and Enter Dog of Pavlov are pure entertainment if excusing the dirty vocals. Overall The Panic Broadcast is solid Soilwork and some of the best melodic, emphasis on melodic, death metal can offer. If you can get by the extreme vocals, you will dig this album. Recommended!
The Panic Broadcast is solid Soilwork and some of the best melodic, emphasis on melodic, death metal can offer. If you get by the extreme vocals, you will dig this album. Recommended!
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