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Soilwork, "The Early Chapters"

Five shots of old Soilwork is what this is all about. Now for those of you who didn't like the last two or three albums this might sound ideal. I have to be honest, it isn't. This CD consists of two covers Burn by Deep Purple and Egypt by Mercyful Fate, two studio tracks and one live song. The covers don't do so well. The Deep Purple one really annoys me, especially since a female vocalist handles most of the vocals. If Soilwork is going to do this let Bjorn handle the vocals. Also, I'm just not into Deep Purple. This has plenty of keyboards similar to Deep Purple but its something I can do without. The Mercyful Fate cover is better, though hardly great. First of all why choose Egypt? This would be like appearing on a Black Sabbath tribute and recording a song off Tyr. The originals hold up better especially Disintegrated Skies which is the best song on the album. It's not the most polished thing, though it is certainly well done. The other original is called Shadowchild, which was an extra on the import version of The Chainheart Machine. This song however is messed up by Bjorn's clean vocals, which he hadn't come close to perfecting at this time. The live song is Aardvark Trail, which shows off what they can do live rather nicely. The energy and precision hits like a hammer, which always makes me happy. The only problem I have with this is I'm just not that into live material, with certain exceptions. It's a decent CD, but hardly a must have. This is probably for completists only.

Standout Tracks

   Disintegrated Skies
   Aardvark Trail (Live)