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A Review of the Album Natural Born Chaos by Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band Soilwork

Updated on November 19, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Soilwork is an Awsome Band That Does Not Try to Copy Other Swedish Bands

Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork caught my interest many years ago so I decided to listen to their 2002 studio album Natural Born Chaos. Needless to say, this is a very impressive effort certainly surpassing the quality of music found on their debut album. However, Soilwork is not a band that even tries to copy bands such as Dark Tranquillity or In Flames even though Bjorn’s vocals do resemble Anders Friden in some cases.

Natural Born Chaos uses a lot of harmony style vocals in addition to the grunts, growls or whatever you want to call them by vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid. Listening to this album will open up your mind to a band that deserves praise!


Follow the Hollow Begins a Very Good Album by Soilwork

Follow the Hollow begins this album and it is basically a song about someone that is fighting to keep those forces in check, those forces that are willing to bring him down. Follow the Hollow and please enjoy the musical journey through this album. But first, there is that narration and then Soilwork gets started with their creative brand of melodic death metal!

As We Speak is the Next Great Song on This Album

As We Speak features a brilliant vocal chorus as the song is about what can sometimes happen when people speak and the tables of life can turn sometimes against them. It is said that we should no despair, that time will heal our wounds. But can it really?

That is what most people say and there is a definite truth to that. The Universe is always on our side even though we may not realize this at the time something unpleasant happens.

As the song says to us “don’t despair” but it is hard for some us to follow this advice when we are struggling in life. The melodic vocals in this one make it a classic Soilwork song even years later.

The Importance of the Song Mercury Shadow

Mercury Shadow is a song that reminds us that tomorrow is promised to no one and belongs to no one. If you repent the things that you have done there is always a chance to redeem yourself even though we don’t really own every day. One of my missions in life is educate people around the world through the power of the written word through these album reviews. There is no right time to turn around your life so you can do that starting today! And remember don’t ever take any day for granted!

The Songs The Flameout, Natural Born Chaos, and The Bringer

The Flameout is a song about someone who keeps turning away from people that keep trying to help him get back on his feet. In life, do not hesitate to turn to those people that can really help you live a better life. The chorus is simple yet melodic, saying that the person feeds angels with despair, with flameouts reigning everywhere. The title track Natural Born Chaos continues the guitar mastery of this album as the song gives us one very important piece of advice. That advice is to never try to solve a problem when you are in a state of distress. The Bringer is a song that at least from a real life perspective tries to warn us what can happen if we are at the point where we are out of control in life. We have to fight these demons and get them out of our minds so that we can go home being calmer and more relaxed. The song also says that we have to beware what words we say and utter for those words have power to determine our future life.

"Follow the Hollow"

The best songs in the album Natural Born Chaos are:

  • Follow the Hollow
  • As We Speak
  • The Flameout
  • Natural Born Chaos
  • Mercury Shadow

"As We Speak"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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