Well, we saw this one coming. Soilwork’s new album, “The Living Infinite”, definitely lived up to its expectations and even managed to exceed them. After releasing 8 critically acclaimed albums, the Swedish melodic death metal heavyweights have now released their 9th as a double album. “The Living Infinite” has turned out to be a magical, monolithic masterpiece of the genre. It’s an ambitious and glorious project. Both intelligent and refined. There are no specific differences between the two CDs so I would like to present the beautiful gems of this album one by one.
The first half of “The Living Infinite” is a fucking blast! I actually needed a break after experiencing such an amazing 40 minutes. Just WOW. Every single song from the first CD has its own unique characteristics and charm. It’s packed with unbelievebly awesome instrumentation, flawless vocals, immense melodies, and a multitude of furious sound.
Both CDs also feature a song called “The Living Infinite”. Both of which are introduced by acoustic guitar only to explode in the typical Soilwork fashion. With a lethal riffage, memorable melodies, and amazing guitar solos, they both stand out. I also have to say the first one features some really nice synth work towards the beginning.
If I really had to find a defect in the album, I’d have to say that some of the tracks (especially the two instrumental pieces of the second half) seem to have been written just to fill the tracklist and reach 20 songs. But since they still happen to be very good, I think we can ignore this tiny flaw and fully approve this amazing work of art. With such an amazing album, an 18 year long career under their belts, and In Flames slowly drifting through a softer rock-oriented sound, it seems Soilwork are now standing as the world’s leading melodic death metal band.