Firstly, it’s very clear that the Steelbath Suicide-Chainheart Machine days are over so save your money and look elsewhere if that’s the type of music you’re looking for. This album and those ones are incomparable for the most part.
I just got this album in the mail today and after listening to it a few times, I feel that Soilwork have redeemed themselves from Stabbing the Drama (which I thought was a poor excuse for a Soilwork album). Sworn to a Great Divide is a mash of melo and aggressive music and the majority of songs have at least some clean vocals in them. My problem with Stabbing the Drama was that I found almost all of the songs to be not catchy, boring, and lacking the overall quality of Soilwork’s previous work. This album majorly improves on those aspects. I’d put it over Figure Number Five as well since there were only 5 songs I liked on that one. Sworn to a Great Divide is more melo and relaxed than Natural Born Chaos but the quality is still there and I believe it lives up to its Soilwork name. This is the first album since Natural Born Chaos where I enjoy more than half of the songs on it.
If you enjoy any of Soilwork’s newer work, you should definitely buy this album.
Songs I liked:
3. Breeding Thorns
4. Your Beloved Scapegoat
6. I, Vermin
7. Light Discovering Darkness
10. Sick Heart River
11. 20 More Miles
The 4 songs I didn’t list, I give them a rating of “eh” and “so-so”. Their sounds are mostly reminiscent of the songs on Stabbing the Drama which I didn’t like. But hey, if you liked that album then you’ll probably like those ones too.