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Soilwork - Verkligheten - CD -

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Soilwork have been a consistent operator throughout their career. From their inception they took the powerful Swedish melodic sound that their peers created, and fused it into their own style, which quickly saw the bands star rise amid their commitment towards releasing good music. Fast forward two decades and ten albums later and the band is still forging ahead, despite numerous line-up changes and other hurdles that have presented themselves. While the members may have changed, the band’s mentality has stayed the same, and their desire to release good music has continued to push Soilwork forward and has given life to the bands 11th studio album Verkligheten.
Anyone that has followed Soilwork over the past decade has a very rough idea of the path that the band’s sound has been taking, with releases like The Ride Majestic and The Living Infinite almost cementing them into their own niche that satiates fans on either side of the metal or melodic rock spectrum. Verkligheten builds on these foundations to create an album that is not only reflective of the band that Soilwork has grown to become, but indicative of the band that they wish to be.

One of the biggest strengths of Verkligheten, and a musical aspect that is synonymous with Soilwork itself, is Bjorn “Speed” Strid’s vocal and lyrical abilities. It seems that having spent some time since The Ride Majestic contributing to his other project The Night Flight Orchestra has only helped Speed hone in on the softer side of his vocals that feature quite prominently on Verkligheten. This doesn’t mean that Speed ignores his harsher vocals, as Verkligheten sees Speed covering his full vocal spectrum – exhibiting some of his cleanest harmonies on Full Moon Shoals or The Ageless Whisper, while also offering what could be considered his crispest growls and screams on When The Universe Spoke. While it’s no secret the power that Speed’s vocals have provided in the past, there seems to be a more seamless flow in Verkligheten between harsh and clean than there was on previous tracks like Let This River Flow. Additionally, the vocal inclusion of Tomi Joutsen from Amorphis as a guest artist towards the end of the record on Needles and Kin adds flourish to an already powerful track, while also offering a point of reference to compare the growth in Speed’s harsh vocal delivery.

Lyrically, the songs on Verkligheten delve into the bands often utilised social realism and escapism tropes. While they aren’t drastically different to those that have been offered in previous albums, there is a much clearer correlation between the lyrics and music on this album. It’s this linkage that helps emphasize the meaning of each song, and it’s a precarious balance that Soilwork have got right on Verkligheten.

Acting as the perfect accompaniment to the vocal delivery, the musicianship displayed on Verkligheten is another example of how the band has grown over the past three years. By using different stylistic approaches to their song writing, the band has been able to create a collection of songs that sound familiar, yet vary greatly in their delivery. From the rock chanting nature of The Nurturing Glance, to the relatively empty, yet melancholic nature of Witan, or the slower paced Bleeder Despoiler, each song embodies a central feeling of Swedish melancholy at its core. This melancholy has been a part of the band’s song writing previously, but reverberates so strongly through each melody on Verkligheten that it gives the album a unique sound. While this has been a song writing pattern of the band’s over the past few albums, Verkligheten has really taken it to another level.

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