Soilwork – Death Resonance Review

The Band:

  • Björn “Speed Strid – vocals
  • Sylvian Coudret – guitar (tracks 1-10)
  • David Andersson – guitar (tracks 1-8)
  • Peter Wichers – guitar (tracks 9, 10, 14, 15)
  • Ola Flink – bass (tracks 4-15)
  • Daniel Antonsson – guitar (tracks 11-15)
  • Ola Frenning – guitar (tracks 11-15)
  • Sven Karlsson – keyboard
  • Dirk Verbeuren – drums

Track Listing:

  1. Helsinki
  2. Death Resonance
  3. The End Begins Below the Surface
  4. My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool
  5. These Absent Eyes
  6. Resisting the Current
  7. When Sound Collides
  8. Forever Lost in Vain
  9. Sweet Demise
  10. Sadistic Lullabye (2010)
  11. Overclocked (2016 Mix)
  12. Martyr (2016 Mix)
  13. Sovereign (2016 Mix)
  14. Wherever Thorns May Grow (2016 Mix)
  15. Killed by Ignition (2016 Mix)

Death Resonance represents many things for Soilwork. This is a great collection of B-material, new tracks and remastered versions of classics that is a must buy for any Soilwork fans out there. It’s not a perfect package, but represents a fine jumping-in point for anyone who isn’t so familiar with Soilwork’s awesome melodic death sound.

Many of the tracks on here have been available in some form via Japanese special editions of old Soilwork releases, but rather than sound like the B-sides they were, it makes for compelling listening. Take “These Absent Eyes” for example. This track was a part of Beyond the Infinite – a Japan-only EP made up of cut content from The Living Infinite. The track could have easily been a part of The Living Infinite. With catchy choruses, a great central riff and moments of madness it is a great song that just helps to show the core song writing abilities of Soilwork.

If tracks like “These Absent Eyes”, “Resisting the Current” and “My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool” are considered B-material, Soilwork are quite simply one of the finest bands going. Death Resonance is spectacular throughout – a true testament to the band’s material to create entertaining, smart metal. There are even a couple of brand new tracks that were made for the record. “Helsinki” and “Death Resonance”. Both are incredible and just as good as anything from The Living Infinite or The Ride Majestic.

The album isn’t perfect, however. For longtime fans of the band (like myself), the inclusion of classic tracks feels unnecessary. “Sweet Demise” and “Sadistic Lullabye” don’t add anything but time to the record for those who know of the stuff already. Indeed, the same can be said of the majority of Death Resonance. If you’re the sort who pays through your teeth for to import the likes of Japanese editions of albums or the Japan-only EP Beyond the Infinite (I almost did quite a few times), there won’t be much new to you beyond “Helsinki” and “Death Resonance”.

The majority would likely have not heard around 70% of Death Resonance, however, and that 70% is so good that it’s definitely worth a purchase. Soilwork are one of the best bands out there and Death Resonance is no exception. It’s a quality compilation of new and old material that any fan of the band should dig.


4.5/5

Death Resonance is a must for any Soilwork fan and a good enough entry point for those who don’t know the band all too well.

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