Trees (Dallas, TX)
– Words by Krishen Anthony / Photos by James Villa –
“Sweden’s SOILWORK Shreds Trees”
Soilwork’s intense brand of melodic death metal showcases their technical prowess as well as their dedication to the genre, but can they do it live?
During their daunting 55 date U.S. tour, I was able to catch their performance at the world famous Trees in Deep Ellum. From recent epics like Spectrum of Eternity and Let This River Flow, to old favorites from their long catalog, the band performed with strength and quality throughout.
Speed’s vocals were true to the album performances, which is tough considering the dynamics of their music, not to mention the grueling tour schedule. Dirk Verbeuren and Ola kept the rhythm section tight and full, while David and Sylvain shredded our faces off with detail and soul.
There aren’t many bands out there that have such a wide ranging catalog of melody/harmony and brutal grooves; and Soilwork did not falter in their performance. If there was any question of their mastery of the material in a live setting, those doubts were obliterated within the first few minutes. Veterans of the genre, these guys have proven that they can meet the challenge with fervor and attention to detail.
If you like metal, melodic or bone-crushing, Soilwork’s current U.S. club tour should top on your list of shows to see this Summer. It is rare to get to see such a powerful band on these small stages, so don’t waste any time in picking up the new record and tickets to a show near you. And don’t forget to grab a shirt to wear your metal pride to share with others. Soilwork is one of the most impressive bands in this genre and are sure to keep kicking audiences’ asses for many years to come.