Soilwork - _Figure Number Five_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Soilwork must have been a bit intoxicated by the reactions to their
previous album _Natural Born Chaos_, and seem to have decided to
release a rushed _Reload_-of-sorts one year later: _Figure Number
Five_. Ironically, I actually like this new album marginally better
than _Natural Born Chaos_, an album that greatly disappointed me --
although it is true that this one didn't have the same expectations to
live up to. _Figure Number Five_ doesn't add any significant new
attributes to the mix, except perhaps a bit more electronics; it
simply comes across as slightly more inspired overall than its
predecessor, or at least it doesn't have as many seriously grating
moments (although there's always the terrible solo vocals on "The
Mindwalker"). Still, I could swear a couple of these tracks (and
especially some of the omnipresent choruses) are near direct
adaptations of material from past albums, most notably _Natural Born
Chaos_ -- and they still sound a lot like In Flames at times, which is
hardly a compliment these days. Both bands seem to have become a
caricature of themselves, losing the vast majority of their appeal in
the process. _Figure Number Five_ is a decent album, and of course a
technically competent one, but also extremely formulaic and still
quite uninspired compared to what Soilwork have the potential to do.
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