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On The Early Chapters EP — containing five, previously rare tracks drawn from Japanese editions and tribute albums — Swedish melodic death metal throng Soilwork take a break from their relentless recording and touring schedules (five albums in six years, kids!) in order to say "thanks" to their devoted fans. "Disintegrated Skies" and "Shadow Child" are both quite impressive band originals, and they fit right in with a live rendition of the oddly named "Aardvark Trail." Soilwork's cover of Mercyful Fate's latter-day staple "Egypt" is entertaining enough, and, proving they won't do anything half-assed, the group employs both a backup singer and a Hammond organ on their energetic cover of Deep Purple's MKIII classic "Burn." Only two gripes: first, tracks three and four are mislabeled in the CD packaging; and two, why not include additional rarities such as "Asylum Dance" and "Mystery Child?"


Formed: 1997 in Helsingborg, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Swedish metal sextet Soilwork formed in early 1997, fusing the country's signature ultra-heavy death metal sound with the power-groove riffs of late-'70s, early-'80s British and European metal. Vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid, guitarists Peter Wichers and Ola Frenning, and drummer Henry Ranta were all veterans of the Swedish scene by the time they recorded their first demo, In Dreams We Fall Into the Eternal, in 1997; bassist Ola Flink became a permanent member afterward, as did keyboardist Carlos Del...
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