Stabbing The Drama (Nuclear Blast Records 2005)

album review

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Is it just me, or are the European bands that Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage ripped off starting to sound like those American bands? (I'm not including Iron Maiden here, everyone rips off Iron Maiden). What the hell happened to In Flames for instance? Along with a few other underground Swedish bands, they launched this sound in the early 90's, now they sound gay. It's not that I dislike Shadows and Killswitch, the newer, American-ized, 'hardcore' infused, European power metal. It's just that I like the orignals better, and growing up between Boston and Worcester, MA, I was already bored with this scene before Shadows Fall was signed. I'm also dissapointed that you younger newbies don't know where your music came from. Go listen to some Iron Maiden, older In Flames, (like 'Whoracle' or 'Jester Race') Samael, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, and Motorhead.
As for the new Soilwork, there are a few decent riffs, and blast beats, but alot of it sounds watered down for radio, lame. Too many nice, pretty, catchy, melodic choruses. These guys used to sound like they'd give Meshuggah a run for their money. Go check out Soilwork's 2000 release, 'The Chainheart Machine', now that's some Soilwork.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie