This demo comes along with the special limited edition of the band’s latest album “Figure Number Five”. For those who want to know where they started, this is an interesting look at the beginnings of the now praised Swedish sextet.
If you have the complete SOILWORK discography (including this edition with the demo), I suggest you take the time to listen in chronological order. Hopefully you’ll notice the band has progressed immensely and never sacrificed their roots whatsoever contrary what others might have said (remarks about sell-outs etc. etc.).
Although the demo mostly features rough/basic recorded versions of the songs that ended up on “Steelbath Suicide” the oldest track, titled “Bound To Illusions”, might as well have been included since it has the trademark riffing, Speed’s vocal aggression (almost Black Metal sounding at times) and musical tightness.
All right, the demo, (this isn’t an analysis of the band’s history) well, fans will recognize tracks like “My Need”, “Skin After Skin”, “Steelbath Suicide” and “Wake Up Call” (which later became “Demon In Veins”). Some of them stay true to what you heard on the debut, others have been re-arranged here and there, especially “My Need” went through a much needed reconstruction.
The sound is great though it naturally comes off as being fairly raw, but a demo isn’t supposed to be polished and epic sounding now is it?
If you call yourself a true SOILWORK fan you must’ve obtained the demo back in 97, if not, well, I got it by accident, so if you already have “Steelbath Suicide” it’s not that necessary. (Online October 26, 2004)