“The Ride Majestic” Soilwork 2015 Review

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After a long hiatus due to head crushingly bad writer’s block, I am back on Metal Valkyrie and back to writing about Metal.  Writer’s block is the most frustrating thing I have to deal with at the moment.  Blocks usually last a couple weeks for me. I thought this three month long lack of creativity was permanent.  I thought I would never get another finished project out again.  I thought this blog was pointless and no one cared about it because I don’t share TMZ news and aim to start arguments.  I write this blog to share my thoughts  for Euro Metal and love for the Euro bands.  I will never have as many fans as Revolver or Loudwire of Metal Underground, but that’s fine with me.  I just want to promote these incredible European bands in America and eliminate the overseas wall between America and Europe.  I also want to connect with fans like me.  I don’t want to be famous, popular, or have any credit, I just want to start a discussion.  So maybe if I keep writing, maybe I can make an impact on someone’s life and create friendships.  Now onto the point, Soilwork.

 

In my Metal journey, I have searched far and wide to find a band that mixes Progressive, Melodic Death Metal, Thrash, and Blues influences.  These four influences create some of the best music in history on their own, but together they could create a new power genre.  In 2013, I finally found a band that perfectly melts these four ores into one new element of Metal.  Soilwork’s “The Living Infinite” changed everything for me and showed me that any sound you’d ever want to hear exists.  That album was powerful, soulful, aggressive, and hard hitting.  It got your blood pumping and your mind drifting in such a unique way.  Soilwork is certainly not your typical one trick pony Metal band and isn’t a band you’d ever hear on atrocious mainstream radio.  But like popular bands, they aren’t afraid to bridge river gaps between genres and let it flow.  This creates a brilliant and unique sound I have not found anywhere else.  

 

“The Ride Majestic” is bombastic and  It flows seamlessly through each track.  The album is a mix between “The Living Infinite” and previous heavier works.  It’s chaotic.  Melody and Thrash/Power riffs, are heard on the opening title track, but the melody eventually dies out.  Heavier tracks like Enemies in Fidelity and The Phantom provide a Groove Metal feel that is fairly new.  Some tracks also have a Prog feel to them.  The final track Father and Son, Watching the World Go Down, is definitely shadowed with Prog influences.  I enjoy the use of different influences in the last track and wish there was more throughout the record.  Soilwork raised the Thrash bar higher with this record, but the interesting intricacies seem to be lacking.  Not every track stands out on this album, but it still remains pretty solid with wicked good instrumentation.  There’s a lot of dynamics and power throughout each track, but I feel like any concept or theme is hard to decipher.  It’s fantastic, but it fails to impress me as much as “The Living Infinite”.

 

TRM’S big upside is Speed’s vocals tend to raise a high standard on this record, more than previous records.  It feels like a vocal performance record, a solo record you could say.  I feel like the vocals change dynamics more than the instrumentation.  The instrumentation is at 100% almost constantly, where the vocals change periodically.  If the music had breakdowns and some more slow melodic parts, it would be more interesting.  They stuck with a huge sound, the same formula as usual.  I expected a lot more dynamics in this record and a theme that stuck out.  “The Ride Majestic” is a misleading title, suggesting something grand and elite.  There is nothing grand about this record, not even in the vocals.  It is a down right dirty Thrashy, Groovy, Power Metal jam.  So, don’t let the title fool you.  However, if you’re a huge fan of Bjorn “Speed” Strid, you are probably going to enjoy it.

 

MV Rating: 7/10

 

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